Flood inquiry preparing report for parliament

5 February 2024 Watch flood inquiry coverage

Future flood response, recovery and rebuild are being considered as part of a long-awaited inquiry report into the October 2022 event in Victoria.

The Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee is considering conclusions to a lengthy probe which has involved more than 180 witnesses across 12 days of public hearings.

'We also held two open mic sessions, where locals from flood-affected areas had their say,' Committee Chair Ryan Batchelor said.

Committee MPs have travelled to Rochester, Echuca, Shepparton, Seymour and Maribyrnong, inspecting the Echuca flood levee, the Flemington flood wall and an impacted retirement village at Avondale Heights.

'The latest flood in January this year shows how crucial all of this evidence is, including the nearly 900 public submissions we’ve received,' Mr Batchelor said.

'We’ll be using all of this evidence to help guide the future response to, and recovery from floods, predicted to increase in frequency here in Victoria.'

The Committee has until the 30th of June 2024 to table its final report in parliament.

To stay up to date with the latest developments go to the inquiry website.