Appendix 2 - Public hearings

Appendix 2Public hearings

Tuesday, 14 March 2023

Committee Room 2S3

Parliament House


National Emergency Management Agency

Mr Joe Buffone, Deputy Coordinator General of Emergency Management and Response

Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience

Dr Margaret Moreton, Executive Director (via videoconference)

National Resilience Taskforce

Ms Kendra Morony, First Assistant Secretary National Resilience Taskforce


Dr Jaclyn Brown, Research Director, Climate Intelligence Program (via videoconference)

Dr Daniel Metcalfe, Director-Environment

Bureau of Meteorology

Dr Peter Stone, Group Executive, Business Solutions

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Ms Lauren Gray, Branch Manager, Environment

Ms Yvonne Uren, Branch Manager, Health and Wellbeing

Mr Kevin Brahim, Group Manager, West and South Group (via videoconference)

Ms Bec Smith, Branch Manager, Kimberley (via videoconference)

Mr Tom Dyer, Branch Manager, NT Policy (via videoconference)

Disaster Relief Australia

Mr Geoffrey Evans, Chief Executive Officer

Ms Anastasia Bougesis, Government Relations

Department of Defence

Air Vice Marshal Stephen Chappell DSC CSC OAM, Head of Military Strategic Commitments

Ms Amanda Toms, Acting First Assistant Secretary Strategic Policy

Wednesday, 12 April 2023

Leichardt Room

Hotel Grand Chancellor


Local Government Association of Queensland

Ms Alison Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Michael Lollback (via teleconference)

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Ms Joanne Greenfield, Deputy Commissioner

Mr Stephen Smith, Acting Deputy Commissioner, Fire and Rescue Service

QLD Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management

Mr Alistair Dawson, Inspector-General of Emergency Management Queensland

National Disaster Recovery Organisation

Mr Wayne Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Thursday, 13 April 2023

Sydney Masonic Centre


NSW State Emergency Service

Mr Daniel Austin, Deputy Commissioner

NSW Rural Fire Service

Commissioner Rob Rogers AF SM, Commissioner

Australian Local Government Association

Cr Linda Scott, President

Wednesday, 19 April 2023

Collins Room

The Savoy Hotel

630 Little Collins Street


Natural Hazards Research Australia

Mr Andrew Gissing, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Iain MacKenzie AFSM, Chairperson

Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council Ltd

Mr Rob Webb, Chief Executive Officer

Ms Carlene York, Board President

Business Council of Australia (via teleconference)

Ms Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive Officer

Thursday, 20 April 2023

Chancellor Room 6

Hotel Grand Chancellor

Davey Street


Hobart City Council

Mr Geoff Land, Manager City Infrastructure

Mr Christopher Kuchinke, Manager City Resilience

Communications Electrical Plumbing Union (Tasmania)

Mr Michael Anderson, Secretary

Tasmanian Government

Mr Todd Crawford, Acting Deputy Secretary Policy and Delivery, Department of Premier and Cabinet

Mr Jonathan Higgins, Deputy State Controller

Friday, 21 April 2023

Crystal Room

Stanford Plaza

150 North Terrace


South Australian Country Fire Service

Mr Brett Loughlin, Chief Officer

Mr Shane Richardson, Advisor

South Australian State Emergency Service

Mr Chris Beattie, Chief Officer

Monday, 15 May 2023

Kimberley Grande Resort

20 Victoria Highway


the Hon. Neil Thomson MLC, Private capacity

Shire of Wyndam and East Kimberley

Mr Tony Chaffer, Deputy President

Mr David Menzel, President

Mr Alfred Nagaiya, Senior Economic Development Officer

Wunan Foundation

Ms Prue Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer

Kimberley Development Commission

Mr Chuck Berger, Chief Executive Officer

Ord River Co Operative

Mr Daniel Raymond, Chief Executive Officer

East Kimberley Chamber of Commerce

Ms Clare Smith, Chief Executive Officer

MC Corporation

Mr Matt Smith, Chief Executive Officer


Mr Michael McConachy, Managing Director

Tuesday, 16 May 2023

Fitzroy River Lodge

277 Great Northern Highway

Fitzroy Crossing

Shire of Derby and West Kimberley

Mr Geoff Haerewa, President

Ms Amanda Dexter, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Wayne Neate, Director, Technical and Development Services

Mr Geoff Davis, Councillor

Shire of Halls Creek

Mr Malcolm Edwards, President


Mr Joe Ross, Director, Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation

Fitzroy Womens' Centre

Ms Emily Carter, Chief Executive Officer, Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre

Ms Sue Thomas, Strategic Policy Lead, Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre (via teleconference)

Nindilingarri Cultural Health Service

Ms Maureen Carter, Chief Executive Officer

Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation

Mr Antonio Giometti, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Peter Murray, Chairperson

Leedal Pty Ltd

Mr Patrick Green, Chairman

Mr Wayne Bergmann

Mr Phillip Hams

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Oaks Broome Hotel

99 Robinson Street


Shire of Broome

Mr Christopher Mitchell, Deputy Shire President

Mr Keith Williams, Acting Chief Executive Officer

Mr Stephen Kipkurgat, Manager, Health, Emergency and Rangers

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services

Mrs Vicki O'Donnell, Chief Executive Officer

Kimberley Land Council

Ms Sarah Parriman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Thursday, 18 May 2023

Doubletree Hilton Northbridge

100 James Street


Minderoo Foundation

Mr Adrian Turner, Director

Western Roads Federation

Mr Campbell Dumesny, Chief Executive Officer

13 Brigade (Army)

Colonel Craig Madden, Deputy Commander

Department of Defence

Air Vice Marshal Stephen Chappell, Head, Military Strategic Commitments

RAAF Curtin/Derby Base

Wing Commander James Collisson, Senior Australian Defence Force Officer

Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Mrs Melissa Pexton, Deputy Commissioner

Mr Rick Curtis, Executive Officer

Mr William Blackshaw, Superintendent

Tuesday, 27 June 2023

Gawandii Room

Ballina Surf Club

Lighthouse Parade


Social Futures

Mr Tony Davies, Chief Executive Officer

Byron Shire Council

Mr Michael Lyon, Byron Shire Mayor

Mr Mark Arnold, General Manager

Ms Sarah Boulle, Recovery Coordinator

Richmond Valley Council

Ms Angela Jones, Director Community Service Delivery

Resilient Lismore

Ms Elly Bird, Director

Wardell Core

Mr Joel Qrchard, Executive Director

Young Change Agents

Ms Margaret O'Brien, Co-Founder and Chief Executive

Ms Emma Wilson

Holding Hands Under Ground Inc (HHUG)

Ms Ella Rose Goninan, Co-Director

Ms Arrabella Doublas, Private capacity

Southern Cross University/Living Lab

Mr Benjamin Roche, Vice-President, Engagement

Rotary Club of Ballina

Mr Colin Lee, Flood Coordinator

Ms Donella Kinnish, Flood Recovery Housing Project Manager

Xfactor Collective Foundation Ltd

Ms Julia Keady, Executive Director

Ms Annette Herschtal, Resources and Advocacy

Wednesday, 28 June 2023

Invercauld House

163 Invercauld Road


Lismore City Council

Councillor Peter Colby

Councillor Electra Jensen

Councillor Steve Krieg

Mr Eber Butron, Chief Community Officer

Ms Janelle Saffin MP (via teleconference), Private capacity

United Services Union

Mr Graeme Kelly, General Secretary

Mr Ross Crawford, Delegate

Mr Kevin Hogan MP (via teleconference), Private capacity

Ms Tamara Smith MP (via teleconference), Private capacity

Healthy North Coast

Ms Monika Wheeler, Chief Executive

A Way Forward

Mr David Tomlinson, Convenor

Ms Hannah Bethwick, Member

Ms Annie Kia, Member

Dr Hanabeth Luke, Member

Prof Jerry Vanclay, Member

Thursday, 29 June 2023

Twin Towers Conference Centre

2 Wharf Street

Tweed Heads

Tweed Shire Council

Councillor Meredith Dennis, Deputy Mayor

Mr Troy Green, General Manager

Mr Danny Rose, Acting Director, Engineering, and Manager, Roads and Stormwater

Ms Doreen Harwood, Enterprise Risk and Emergency Management Officer and Local Emergency Management Officer

Ms Charlotte Neilson, Coordinator Flood Restoration

Kyogle Council

Mr Graham Kennett, General Manager

Mr Peter Kelly, Community Recovery Officer

NSW State Emergency Service

Mr Gregory Swindells, Acting Assistant Commissioner and Director

Murwillumbah Community Centre

Ms Wendy Constantine, Manager

Ms Eva Sans Orio, Community Services Coordinator

Ms EvelynTo, Flood Recovery Worker

Murwillumbah CORE and Hub 2484

Ms Kerry Pritchard, Operations Manager

Tweed Residential Park Homeowners Association

Mrs Sandy Gilbert, Advocate

Ms Sylvia Roylance, Private capacity

NSW Farmers' Far North Coast Branch

Mr Craig Huf, Chair

Tweed Chamber of Commerce

Mr Warren Polglase, President

Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre

Ms Natalie Meyer, Manager

Ocean Shores Community Association

Mrs Jan Mangleson, President