WaterNSW have released the Menindee Lakes Flood Operations Review 2021-2023, acknowledging the importance of collecting data directly from local communities, with an information session for Menindee residents soon to be scheduled.
WaterNSW has released the findings of an internal review of its operations during the Menindee flooding events from May 2022 through to February 2023 with the independently reviewed report finding that improvements could be made in data collection upstream of the lakes, and in communications with the local community and other response agencies.
Feedback from the residents in the Menindee area contributed to the report’s final recommendations, including:
- The development (with community consultation) of a coordinated communication and engagement plan for future events,
- A review of the river gauging network to help inform decision making, and
- Improvements to the WaterNSW Computer Aided River Management decision support system technology.
WaterNSW will host an information session on the report for the Menindee community in coming weeks and thanks those who took time to contribute to the review process.
“WaterNSW acknowledges the floods’ devastating impact on the Menindee community, particularly those who rely heavily on the river and First Nations communities, given their deep connection to the river and country,” says a WaterNSW spokesperson.
“We look forward to working with the Menindee community and partner agencies to implement improvements for future events.”
To read the full report including findings and recommendations visit https://www.waternsw.com.au/water-services/extreme-weather-response/menindee-lakes-flood-review/.