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Council invests $1.2 million in disaster management

12 June 2019

New flood cameras, an upgraded online disaster dashboard, community resilience building projects and SES compound upgrades are among the disaster management initiatives Fraser Coast Regional Council will support in the 2019/20 financial year.

Fraser Coast Local Disaster Management Group Chair Cr Rolf Light said the 2019/20 Budget would include $1.2 million in operational and capital funding for disaster management and planning.

“Fraser Coast Regional Council has an important role to play in helping to mitigate, prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in our region,” he said.

“In just the past two years, we’ve had two tornado events, two flooding events and several bushfires where Council resources have been used to support other government agencies. Council also contributes to the ongoing maintenance and support of our local State Emergency Service (SES). 

“That’s why it’s vital we have the equipment and staff on deck to effectively deal with, or assist government agencies to deal with, an emergency situation or disaster in our area.”

Cr Light said Council had introduced a disaster management levy in 2013/14 to help offset some of the costs incurred around disaster management and planning.

“The levy has remained at $11 a year for the last three years, but we’ve made the decision to increase the levy to $21 this year to better reflect what we spend on disaster management and planning on an annual basis,” he said. 

Cr Light said Council’s disaster management investment in 2019/20 Budget included, but was not limited to:

  • Counter disaster operations and disaster planning;
  • Continued maintenance to 24 electronic automated flood and rain telemetry devices and new flood cameras in Maryborough and at Teddington Weir;
  • Improvements to the flood and early rain early warning network and the online Disaster Dashboard by upgrading to newer smart technologies and additional capabilities;
  • Direct support and assistance to minor resilience building projects for local Community Coordination Committees;
  • Fleet replacement for SES vehicles and SES compound upgrades; and
  • Continued investment into pre and post disaster event drone imagery.