Flood inquiry hearings

THE Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry has announced the first round of public hearings into the 2010-11 flood events.

Deputy commissioner Jim O’Sullivan will visit Jericho today and Alpha on Thursday, to give members of the community information about the inquiry and to explain how people can participate in the inquiry process.

The two-day public hearing for Emerald will be held on May 24 and 25 at a venue to be announced.

The public hearings will focus on issues to be covered in the inquiry’s interim report on matters associated with flood preparedness.

Public hearings are also scheduled for Rockhampton (May 23), Ipswich (May 20), Dalby (April 20), Toowoomba (April 18-19 and 27-29), Goondiwindi (May 3), St George (May 4) with four sittings in Brisbane on May 5-6, May 9-13, May 16-19 and May 26-27.

The commission will also hold consultations this month with the Grantham and Murphys Creek communities which are not open to the media.

The inquiry’s interim report is due in August, 2011, to enable early recommendations to be implemented before next summer’s wet season.

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