SES to host Mid North Coast flood forum series

State Emergency Service and Fire and Rescue personnel in March.
State Emergency Service and Fire and Rescue personnel in March.

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) will hold a series of community flood forums across the Mid North Coast in the coming months.

The forums aim to gather community feedback on the record rain and flood event and to identify opportunities for the SES to partner with residents and businesses to improve preparation, response and transition to recovery arrangements.

SES volunteers across the Mid North Coast responded to 3182 calls for emergency flood and storm assistance between March 12 and 27.

This included 660 flood rescues, 178 flood isolation resupply jobs and 60 emergency medical transportations as parts of the Hastings and Manning catchments saw one in 100 year flood levels.

NSW SES Zone Commander Chief Superintendent Stephen Patterson said the forums will focus on learning the lessons from this major event to be better prepare for, respond to and cope with future flood events.

"The forums will be facilitated by an independent facilitator," he said.

"After the forum participants will receive a written report summarising community feedback. The forum report will then provide a starting point to discuss the types of activities and programs that are needed to consolidate and increase community resilience."

The forums will be held at:

  • North Shore Rural Fire Station (Port Macquarie), Tuesday May 11 from 7pm
  • Manning Point Bowling Club, Thursday May 13 from 7pm
  • Laurieton United Service Club, Wednesday May 19 from 7pm
  • Smithtown Bowling Club, Thursday May 20 from 7pm
  • Wauchope RSL Club, Tuesday May 25 from 7pm
  • Macksville Seniors Centre, Thursday May 27 from 7.30pm
  • Port Panthers, Thursday June 3 from 7pm
  • Wingham Services Club, Tuesday June 15 from 7pm
  • Club Taree, Thursday June 17 from 7pm
  • Kempsey Macleay RSL Club, Tuesday June 22 from 7pm
  • Stuarts Point Hall, Wednesday June 30 from 7pm
  • Kendall Services Club, Tuesday July 6 from 7pm

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