Flood fo­rums

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

■ FLOOD-AF­FECTED res­i­dents are in­vited to join an on­go­ing work­ing group to help plan for fu­ture flood­ing. Fol­low­ing the post-flood fo­rums held in the Tweed in May, the New South Wales SES is or­gan­is­ing work­ing groups to carry out the ideas for­mu­lated within those orig­i­nal meet­ings.

Tweed Rich­mond re­gion com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor Janet Pet­tit said she hoped a wide se­lec­tion of peo­ple could join the dif­fer­ent work­ing groups.

“What we’re want­ing to do now is to ask peo­ple who came to talk about their is­sues they had (in May) if they want to work in a com­mu­nity ac­tion team to work on those is­sues,” she said. “We want the groups to come up with lo­cal strate­gies to solve their lo­cal prob­lems.

“It’s also recog­nis­ing that some­times we can’t get to ar­eas that be­come iso­lated, so peo­ple need to have their own emer­gency plans to be­come self-suf­fi­cient un­til we can get there. “We want to talk to peo­ple about their com­mu­nity and cre­ate an ac­tion plan.”

Ms Pet­tit said the groups could look at the way com­mu­ni­ties like Tum­bul­gum and Uki work to­gether to en­sure everyone is safe dur­ing a flood.

“We’re try­ing to repli­cate what Tum­bul­gum have run­ning and Uki has set up,” Ms Pet­tit said. “Uki has their own neigh­bour­hood group and they call in if the river is ris­ing. That (in­for­ma­tion) then gets sent to the SES.”

The work­ing groups will be held at:

■ Cud­gen Leagues Club on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 20.

■ Mur­willum­bah Ser­vices Club on Satur­day, Septem­ber 30.

■ To RSVP, phone 6625 7710 or email janet.pet­tit@one.ses .nsw.gov.au.

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