Labor Leader tours the Lower Hunter following devastating floods


The NSW Opposition Leader has today toured flood-affected areas around Maitland and Cessnock in the NSW Hunter Valley, as recovery and clean-up efforts continue following the devastating storms and flooding in late April. 

During the storms, more than 100,000 homes and businesses across the region were without power and dozens of communities, including Gillieston Heights, were inundated or isolated due to floodwaters.

“I would like to thank the hundreds of SES and RFS volunteers as well as local charities for such a tremendous effort during and after the storms and subsequent flooding,” Opposition Leader Luke Foley said.

“The impact of the storms on people’s lives would have been far worse had it not been for volunteers and neighbours banding together and helping each other.

“The response to this tragic natural disaster shows the resilience of the people of the Hunter. 

“Today I have seen first-hand the impacts felt by residents in Lochinvar and Gillieston Heights and the continuing clean-up efforts.

“While the flooding has subsided, some residents are still facing an uphill battle to restore their homes.

“It is important that the Government undertakes a rigorous review process over the coming months to ensure that the Hunter region is adequately prepared to deal with any future natural emergencies.”

Member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison said: “People in Maitland and right across the Hunter have gone through so much since the storms – and for many of our residents, it may take months for their homes and their lives to return to some semblance of normality.

“We must use this experience to ensure communities across the Hunter are prepared in case of another such disaster.”

Member for Cessnock Clayton Barr said: “The storm hit us hard but with the help of emergency services and volunteers, communities across our region are getting back on their feet. 

“It’s important that our region is not forgotten as we continue to rebuild and recover in the months ahead.”