Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to visit flood ravaged NSW

Courtney GouldNCA NewsWire
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Anthony Albanese is set to tour flood ravaged areas alongside NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister has been in Europe since last week for appearances at the NATO summit in an Spaind bilateral talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Speaking from the tarmac in Perth, Mr Albanese said he had spoken to Mr Perrottet on the road in Poland after a stop in Ukraine to recommit to Australia‘s support to the war-torn nation.

“He told me that he was very pleased with the urgent action that had been taken by the Federal Government. And we continue to make that support available,”

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Camera IconMr Albanese will visit flood ravaged NSW on Wednesday. NewsWire / Monique Harmer Credit: News Corp Australia

More than 150 flood evacuation orders and warnings affecting 50,000 people were in place across NSW on Tuesday as wild weather continued to lash the state.

An estimated 20,000 homes are without power, with a further 1,000 homes without communication.

Some 250 ADF personnel have been made available to assist, with 100 already on the ground in communities.

An additional 100 ADF personnel are on standby and 50 are there to support clean-up once it commences.

“Planning is under way for the early clean-up, once that is available to commence.”

Mr Albanese thanked the volunteers and emergency personnel who assisted with evaluations and urged residents to remain vigilant in the conditions.

A resident is evacuated by raft from a property in Lansvale overnight. NSW SES
Camera IconA resident is evacuated by raft from a property in Lansvale overnight. NSW SES Credit: Supplied

“My heart goes out to people who have suffered again and again and again and again, and the many of those communities that are also impacted by the bushfires,” he said.

“I say to people, stay safe, keep vigilant, keep following the advice which is being given by emergency personnel.”

Mr Albanese told reporters he had received briefings from director-general of Emergency Management Australia Joe Buffone and Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt while on the trip back from Europe.

“The people on the East Coast are doing it really tough at the moment. And it is clear that the crisis is not over yet,” he said.

But he pushed back on criticism that he should have returned from Europe sooner.

“It is good to be back in Australia after a very successful visit to the NATO summit. To repair our relations with France and also a critical visit to Ukraine on the invitation of the president,” Mr Albanese told reporters.

He said it was “important” Australia attended NATO and recommitted support for Ukraine.

“We cannot separate international events from the impact on Australia and Australians.”

Originally published as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to visit flood ravaged NSW

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