Disaster Management Centre underway in Tewantin
  • Monday 19 May 2008

The Tewantin office of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council gains an additional resource as builders are busy installing a diesel run emergency generator to provide backup electricity supply that will enable it to double as a disaster management centre in times of need.

“The emergency generator will give us the capacity to maintain business as usual in a power outage should a loss of mains power occur,” says Division 12 Cr Lew Brennan.

“This means that if we have a disaster like a cyclone that really hammers the area, the building will be able to maintain full operation.

“From a business perspective it’s a good idea – 12 months ago we had a major power out in the Council building and the CEO had to suggest everyone go home. We lost up to three days productivity due to the power loss.”

The new generator will cost approximately $150K. It will provide 350 kva and in an extended emergency, a diesel tank can be parked next to the generator to feed it as much additional fuel as required. The completion date for the generator resource is end of June this year.