Typically when disasters occur that impact on vast numbers of people's lives, homes and livelihoods, an independent body is appointed by the government to provide coordination of the best knowledge and solutions.
When public expenditure is necessary to mitigate such disasters, it is the government's responsibility to affect such management.
The environmental events over the last few years have certainly created the need for an independent body appointed by the government to provide the coordination of the best information, options and solutions in the areas of environmental restoration, agricultural regeneration and climate moderation.
So many changes have effected this continent's ability to prevent drought, fire and flood - the main causes of widespread destruction to people’s lives. The good news is that these changes reveal the problems and in enough cases proven solutions exist. The science and related methodologies are already available for this body to utilise.
To date all utilities accessing public funds have an independent body providing overview, EXCEPT climate, environment and agriculture.
Right now the Victorian floods, on the back of the floods that recently devastated parts of NSW, demonstrate that it is time this nation advances its ability to create coordinated long lasting improvements in these three areas that are fundamental to our future wellbeing. The need for more efficient use of public money and disaster relief funds makes this mandatory.
If you feel it is time Australia had this independent body overviewing climate, environment and agriculture to create real, long-lasting change, then please share this message.
Peter Andrews OAM