Four years ago Newcastle suffered a major storm with extensive urban and rural flooding and wind storms causing loss of life and over 600 million dollars damage. There were power and water supply failures affected some areas for three days, plus prolonged commercial damage to major shopping precincts including Wallsend, Cardiff, The Junction and Newcastle West.
These natural storms are recurring events, but the pattern of urban development may have increased the danger to life and property. Climate change may also contribute. This could have major implications for future development in the region.
Professor Garry Willgoose and colleagues Anthony Kiem and Danielle Verdon-Kidd, from the Centre for Climate Impact Management at the University of Newcastle, have produced a report pulling together all the research done on the consequences of the storm, and lessons learnt, for the Federal Department of Climate Change.
If it happened tomorrow would the emergency be handled better? What was learnt and usefully incorporated into our planning and emergency management? What lessons have still not been learnt? Some “knee jerk” responses that have occurred but are perhaps over-reactions will also be discussed. This is an important opportunity for the public to hear about what has been learnt – and what hasn’t been learnt – after Newcastle’s latest major storm.
THIS FORUM IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
VENUE: Souths Leagues Club.
DATE: Tuesday 13th Sept. 2011 TIME: 7.00 till 8.30pm
ADMISSION: $5 Donation
FURTHER DETAILS: www.newinstitute.org.au or Angie at 0422 401 129
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