Flood inquiry to return to Emerald

THE Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry will return to Emerald to hold a public hearing on September 29.

Commission investigators will also visit Emerald next week to speak with people affected by the floods and they have encouraged people in the area who have relevant information to make contact with them.

People from Emerald or surrounding areas who want to speak to commission staff should phone 0467 724 579.

The investigations are part of preparation for the second round of the inquiry, which will also include hearings in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Gympie and Ipswich.

The second round of hearings will examine issues under the inquiry’s terms of reference, with a particular focus on insurance and land planning.

The inquiry sat in Emerald on May 24 and 25, during its first round of hearings.

The interim report, focusing on recommendations which can be implemented before next summer’s wet season, was given to the Queensland Government on August 1.

The inquiry’s final report will be provided to the Queensland Government by February 24, next year.

For more information about the inquiry, including its terms of reference, visit www.floodcommission.qld.gov.au.

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