ECCV has partnered with Neighbourhood Collective Australia and Regional Victorians of Colour in a joint submission to highlight key issues multicultural communities faced during one of the most devastating floods to hit Victoria in October 2022.
Our submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the 2022 Flood Event in Victoria is based on interviews and focus groups with 31 multicultural community members living in flood-affected regions across Victoria with four recommendations for planning, preparedness and response to future flood events.
Additionally, this submission is informed by the flood response work undertaken by ECCV, Neighbourhood Collective Australia and Regional Victorians of Colour between October 2022 and May 2023, predominantly funded by the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.
The submission raises five key issues of concern for multicultural communities, including first-hand accounts of how newly-arrived communities almost entirely relied on multicultural community leaders for vital emergency information.
We look forward to supporting the government in implementing the recommendations contained in this submission.
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