Watch the weather and play it safe on Australia Day
  • Wednesday 25 January 2012

The Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group will remain on watch over the next 24 hours with the heavy rainfall expected to reduce to showers before increasing again by the weekend.

Local Disaster Co-ordinator, Alan Rogers said council officers would be out and about throughout Australia Day checking on damage and doing repairs wherever possible in readiness for what looks to be another wet weekend.

“Home owners are reminded that the predicted lull in the weather (refer to Bureau of Meteorology for updates) is a perfect opportunity to check or recheck drains and gutters for debris in readiness for possible further heavy rainfalls,” Mr Rogers said.

“Don’t forget to also take the time to check in with your neighbours – they may need a hand or even just some friendly reassurance, especially in more isolated areas.

“Australia Day is a great day to celebrate particularly on our waterways but be aware of debris in the rivers and on our beaches, including some free floating poles in the Maroochy River, and again, check conditions with the lifeguard before swimming at your local beach.”

If planning to attend an Australia Day activity, visit council’s Facebook site at www.facebook.com/SunshineCoastCouncil for information about road closures and events.

Boaties should refer to the Marine Safety Queensland (http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/) website for information on boating conditions.

And remember – if it’s flooded – forget it! Do not cross a flooded road.