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Seymour will host a public hearing on Thursday as part of the State Government’s Inquiry into the 2022 flood event in Victoria.

Seymour and other parts of Mitchell Shire were inundated during flooding in October last year, with many residents and businesses still recovering from the disaster.

Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland was joined by Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath, Member for Northern Victoria Gaelle Broad and Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell to tour Seymour ahead of the hearing and meet with the people and groups that have suffered due to the floods.

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Ms Cleeland emphasised the importance of understanding the challenges faced in Seymour during its recovery, and the need for reforms in warning systems, response, and mitigation measures.

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

Ms Cleeland said the area was one of the worst-affected regions in the state and the hearings would help understand the challenges facing Seymour’s recovery.

“Hosting a public hearing is a massive win for the Seymour community who have been pushing hard for this,” she said.

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

Residents can attend the hearing at Seymour Presbyterian Church, 2-4 Guild St, Seymour, on Thursday.

The schedule is as follows:

9.30am: Mitchell Shire Council Mayor and chief executive; Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor and acting director; Murrindindi Shire Council Mayor and chief executive.

12.00pm: Break

12.30pm: Kings Park Committee of Management; Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society.

1pm: Go Seymour: Business and Tourism group

2pm: VFF president Emma Germano with local farmers

3pm: Community recovery committee

4pm: Finish

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