Federal member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, today welcomed Senator Murray Watt to the electorate, in his capacity as Shadow Minister for Disaster and Emergency Management.
Mrs Phillips saying, “I’ve been fighting long and hard for a dedicated Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for the Eurobodalla.”
“The immediate need was of course highlighted during the catastrophic events of the 2019 / 2020 Black Summer bushfires. The selfless efforts of our rural fire service volunteers and all our emergency services volunteers and workers was simply outstanding and something I know we are all incredibly proud of”, Mrs Phillips said.
“Previous reviews have concluded that a purpose-made emergency services precinct is required in Moruya. A $4.7 billion Emergency Response Fund exists for this exact purpose, and yet the federal government has done nothing”, Mrs Phillips said. “Two years after Mogo was hit badly by the fires, they are now recovering from unprecedented floods. And yet still nothing has been done.”
Senator Watt remarking, “I accepted the invitation from Fiona so I could learn firsthand the logistical problems currently faced.”
“I’ve met with key stakeholders including Eurobodalla Shire Council and emergency services volunteers, and people in Mogo hit by the floods just two years after the 2019 bushfires. Their message to me was clear, whilst much loved, the Moruya RSL Hall is not fit for purpose as an Incident Management Centre”, Senator Watt said.
“What is clear to me is, that while Scott Morrison got on a plane to Hawaii as Australia burned, Fiona Phillips, member for Gilmore was here with her community and listened to what needs to happen to be prepared for fires, floods and disasters."
“I am here to stand with Fiona and join the call for a dedicated Emergency Operations Centre here in Moruya.” Senator Watt said.
Two years on, recovery from the Black Summer bushfires is still slow on the NSW South Coast.
Senator Watt posted today "Jack, Cath & many others have only just begun rebuilding the homes they lost. In Mogo, recovery has been made harder by recent floods. Fiona Phillips MP & I heard many stories today about survivors who still need support. We can’t leave these people behind."