Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon has called on our three levels of government to work together to prevent major road disruptions during periods of flood.

Speaking in the House of Representatives Mr Fitzgibbon said it is unacceptable that in the 21st Centenary a major city like Maitland could be cut in two for such a long period, and a town like Gillieston Heights isolated for more than a week.

“Oh course there will always be cases where flooding is unavoidable, where it is not viable to invest government money in order to overcome a 1 in 100 year event.

“But when towns like Gillieston Heights are completely isolated from the rest of the community for a number for days. When a major highway through one of our most significant inland cities – Maitland- is cut for a number of days I think we have a problem and I think it is incumbent on all three levels of government to have a close look at those issues and to develop a strategy and come up with some funding solutions”, Mr Fitzgibbon told the Parliament.

Mr Fitzgibbon also used his Parliamentary speech to talk about those who lost their lives in the floods and to pay tribute to emergency services personnel and all those who came to the assistance of others.


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