Yesterday, Coordinator-General for Drought and Flood Shane Stone AC QC gave evidence to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. The Drought and Flood Agency has gained a lot of useful experience that Shane was able to share with the Commissioners.
When we were responding to the 2019 North Queensland flood event, we were on the ground within days and the first wave of financial assistance was getting out the door rapidly. Mr Stone was able to share our learnings in how that was achieved.
He also talked about the importance of having ‘boots on the ground’, as well as ensuring solutions are locally led, locally understood and locally implemented.
Recovery shouldn’t just be seen in economic terms – social and mental wellbeing are also vitally important. That’s why our Agency supports and sponsors community events, because they are the fabric of rural and regional communities, where people socialise, connect and check in on each other.
You can find out more and read a transcript of the Coordinator-General's evidence on the the Royal Commission website.