Council’s disaster management efforts highlighted
  • Thursday 26 February 2015

Sunshine Coast Council presented its Quarterly Progress Report today, highlighting its disaster management efforts between September-December 2014.

Mayor Mark Jamieson, Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) chair, said the two main disaster management initiatives outlined in the report proved valuable in last week’s severe weather event.

“In the second quarter of this financial year Council launched its Disaster Hub website and coordinated a training exercise involving Queensland Police Services, Queensland Fire Emergency Services, Ambulance, Red Cross and Energex,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Skills acquired and honed during this exercise ensured all processes, including communications between agencies and with the community, were mapped out when we faced the recent severe weather.

“Disaster Hub provides easy access to weather warnings, road closures and other important information on one easy-to-use site.

“Last week was the first time Disaster Hub was put to the test during a real-life situation.

 “During the disaster activation period the Disaster Hub received 291,588 page hits, providing timely information for our community as the weather system travelled towards our region.

“We also had great feedback from the community when we posted the link on Facebook and Twitter.

“Disaster management is a vital part of Council’s service to the community and the impact of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia showed just how important it is we continue improving our team and our tools throughout the year.”

Mayor Mark Jamieson said sandbags used during Ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia could be disposed of free of charge at Nambour or Caloundra landfills.

“We know there are some used hessian sandbags out there which need to be disposed – once they are wet, they start to deteriorate and are not reusable,” Mayor Jamieson said.

Sandbags can be disposed at no charge, provided people take them to the clean fill stockpile, empty the sand contents, and drop the empty bags into the waste disposal bins provided on the site.