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Published date: Wednesday, 26 June 2019

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A number of emergency services agencies and 500 role-players will converge on Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park today for a training exercise to simulate the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s response to a major flood in Western Sydney. 

This training exercise, Exercise Deerubbin, will provide an important practice opportunity for emergency management arrangements in the event of a major flood in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley. 

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the emergency services agencies will use the drill to turn the arena into a mass care facility following a major flood evacuation. 

“The people of Western Sydney can be assured that the NSW Government is prepared and well equipped to respond to a major incident, such as a flood in the Hawkesbury and Nepean Valley which could require an evacuation,” Mr Elliott said. 

“This is a multi-agency exercise with all the relevant experts coming together and working alongside each other to ensure that if a major flood does occur they  are ready and able to serve the community.” 

NSW Police Force Acting Deputy Commissioner Peter Thurtell APM emphasised that this was only an exercise and there is no cause for concern for anyone in the area.  

“The public should take comfort that we don’t just have plans for floods and other natural disasters, we test these plans with all agencies in realistic and real-time settings,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Thurtell said. 

NSW State Emergency Services Commissioner Kyle Stewart said the public were always encouraged to know the risk of flooding in their local area. 

“We need to ensure our plans are exercised.  These exercises assist in ensuring all emergency services and the community are ready to respond should a major flood in the valley occur,” Commissioner Stewart said.