The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has concluded 17 community forums in 18 days, visiting a number of fire affected regions across Australia, to interact with representative of the communities affected by the 2019-20 bushfires.
While these meetings were not formal sittings they have provided crucial background and informed the direction of the inquiry.
The Commissioners have indicated that they are committed to ensuring their work continues and will conduct consultation, information gathering and hearings as practicably and sensibly as possible in accordance with the Australian Government Department of Health’s guidelines on COVID-19.
Information about future community engagement will be available on the Commission’s website as planning evolves. Scheduling and planning for the Ceremonial Hearing continues in accordance with public health advice but the timing of the hearing may be affected and access will be limited.
The Royal Commission is still welcoming public submissions as it works towards delivering recommendations by 31 August 2020.
The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has hosted the following community forums:
- Adelaide Hills, South Australia – Tuesday 3 March 2020
- Kangaroo Island, South Australia – Wednesday 4 March 2020
- Lithgow, New South Wales – Wednesday 11 March 2020
- Marcoola, Queensland – Wednesday 11 March 2020
- Tenterfield, New South Wales – Thursday 12 March 2020
- Casino, New South Wales – Thursday 12 March 2020
- Darwin, Northern Territory – Thursday 12 March 2020
- Swan Valley, Western Australia – Friday 13 March 2020
- Ulladulla, New South Wales – Tuesday 17 March 2020
- Batemans Bay, New South Wales – Wednesday 18 March 2020
- Bega, New South Wales – Wednesday 18 March 2020
- Eden, New South Wales – Thursday 19 March 2020
- Mallacoota, Victoria – Thursday 19 March 2020
- Orbost, Victoria – Friday 20 March 2020
- Tumbarumba, New South Wales – Friday 20 March 2020