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Following several significant flood events in Hinton and surrounding communities, the Member for Port Stephens, Kate Washington, is hosting a community meeting tonight (Thursday, 6 October) with representatives from Police, SES, Resilience NSW and Port Stephens Council.

The meeting is an opportunity for locals to discuss flood mitigation, preparation, planning and response – what has worked in the past and what would work better in the future.

Hinton was repeatedly cut off by flood waters this year, leaving residents isolated and unable to access work, school, essential services and supplies. The SES established an informal ferry service to assist residents who needed urgent health services and other essential supplies.

Since the recent floods, many local residents have raised concerns about emergency communications and early warnings, the accessibility of local roads during flooding, cumulative erosion of the riverbank, support for residents with acute health needs, and the need for improved flood preparation and planning.

“The entire town of Hinton has repeatedly been cut off by flooding, and it looks like we’re in for another wet summer, so it’s vitally important that local residents are prepared,” Ms Washington said.

“Tonight’s community meeting will give locals from Hinton, Wallalong, Woodville, Osterley, Seaham and surrounds, an opportunity to have input into planning for future floods. Local knowledge and experience is key to getting better outcomes.

“During the most recent floods, I visited Hinton by boat to hear from local residents about what was working and what could be done better. It’s a sad reality, that more floods will come, and communities like Hinton will be isolated again. So, together, we need to share experiences and ideas, listen to one another, and make sure that everyone in the community is prepared,” concluded Ms Washington. The community meeting will be held tonight at 6pm - 7:30pm at the Hinton School of Arts, 279 Hinton Road.



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