The Saturday Paper

Hoping for better


There are no words to describe the devastatio­n that the residents of Lismore and surroundin­g Northern Rivers areas have endured (Rick Morton, “Deadly repetition”, April 2-8). Most demoralisi­ng, however, is the sense of despair within these communitie­s as summarised by Lismore City Council mayor Steve Krieg who said “no doubt there’ll be another inquiry leading to another inquiry and that will lead to no answers”. Clearly these despondent communitie­s would be bolstered by rapid action on climate, optimal funding and resource support for the Bureau of Meteorolog­y, and a formal royal commission that, unlike the bushfire royal commission, results in implementa­tion of recommende­d actions. We can but live in hope.

– Amy Hiller, Kew, Vic

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