Getting ready for natural disasters
  • Tuesday 31 July 2012

It may be a few months before the start of the natural disaster season, but Sunshine Coast Council is already well prepared.

Mayor Mark Jamieson will attend a Local Government Association of Queensland disaster management conference in Ipswich tomorrow as part of the early planning.

"It’s the old saying, you must plan for the worst and hope for the best," Mayor Jamieson said.

"Council will do everything in it’s power to prepare for the worst possible scenarios, while hoping the region only get’s mild weather.

"It’s the fourth LGAQ Disaster Management Conference, but my first, and I’m looking forward to learning from past experiences.

"I saw first hand the devastation which can be inflicted in a short amount of time during my visits to the flood damaged Cooroy and Pomona earlier this year.

"Council handled those situations quickly, effectively and professionally and I commend every one who played a part in the response and recovery efforts.

"Disaster management is an important part of creating a sustainable Sunshine Coast, and I will ensure council is ready for what nature throws at us.

"This region has a fine record of dealing with natural disasters, and I am keen to build on that reputation into the future."

Among the topics to be discussed over the two days, include:

  • Natural disaster relief and recovery arrangement
  • LGAQ disaster resource
  • Working with the State Emergency Service
  • The Flood Commission of Inquiry
  • Social Media and Disaster Management