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Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland will welcome Nationals colleagues to Seymour next month to meet with community members affected by last year’s floods.

Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath and Member for Northern Victoria Gaelle Broad will visit Seymour – both of whom have been involved with the Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee’s inquiry into the 2022 floods.

The trio will tour Seymour on September 5 and talk with affected residents, businesses, and community groups.

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Ms Cleeland said it was important the challenges faced by Seymour were understood and emphasised the need for reforms in warning systems, responses and mitigation measures.

“Together, we can work towards meaningful changes and better preparedness for future flood events,” she said.

“Having Melina and Gaelle meet with community members will ensure that the challenges faced by the Seymour community are heard and understood.”

Seymour is set to host public hearings for the inquiry on September 14.

Ms Cleeland said the hearings would help understand difficulties in the recovery process.

“This is an opportunity to give our region the best chance possible at having local recommendations included in the final report,” she said.

“Having our local voices guide the change needed for the community is so important and will demonstrate how powerful community advocacy can be.”

Any individuals or businesses throughout the region that are yet to receive flood support payments or have had difficulty with the process are invited to contact Ms Cleeland by emailing annabelle.cleeland@parliament.vic.gov.au or by calling 5762 1600.

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