The ACT Opposition are calling for a review into the Territory’s storm responses, following a freak weather event in Belconnen earlier this year that left thousands of residents without power, some for nearly a week.

The Canberra Liberals want an inquiry to be conducted by the Justice and Community Safety Committee with a report to be handed down before the next storm season.

Shadow Emergency Service Minister, James Milligan, said the inquiry should look into how the Government has responded to storms in the past and the supports they offered during cleanup efforts.

“The SES and local community volunteers do a great job at coming together to help the community in times of need, but the local government needs to play a more significant role in that too.”

“We have storms in Canberra every year, with more than 26 severe storms registered by the Bureau of Meteorology over the last ten years.

Mr Milligan is hoping a review will be able to identify issues with the ACT’s storm response protocols and make strong suggestions for how they can be improved.

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