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Fraser Coast to host disaster management conference

14 Febraury 2020

More than 100 disaster management professionals from across Australia and Canada will descend on the Fraser Coast this year for a major conference expected to inject tens of thousands of dollars into the local economy.

Local Disaster Management Group Chairman Cr Rolf Light said the QIT Plus Guardian conference and training event would be held at the Beach House in Hervey Bay from 17th to 19th August 2020, and focus on the latest developments in disaster management software.

 “The Guardian Incident Management System is used by more than 50 local governments and four State Government Departments, and was used during the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” he said.

“Fraser Coast Regional Council has been using the Guardian system since 2011 and the QIT Plus Company that established the software suite also developed our Disaster Dashboard.

“With our Council having an important role to play in helping to mitigate, prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in our region, we are always keen to learn more about best practices and innovative solutions in disaster management.

“While the three days of workshops will be at the Beach House, there will also be an informal BBQ at AquaVue and a formal dinner at the Boat Club, while local businesses and sponsors with a link to disaster management or software development will be able to have a stand at the conference venue.

“There will also be a marine incident exercise on the water to demonstrate the use of the Guardian Incident Management System anywhere at any time, which will allow us to showcase our beautiful natural environment here on the Fraser Coast.”

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the conference would also be an opportunity to promote the Fraser Coast, with the numbers attending this year’s conference expected to be higher than usual given our proximity to south-east Queensland.

“The Fraser Coast is fast gaining a reputation as a major events and conference destination, with the QCWA holding its State Conference here last year and the Queensland Eisteddfod coming in April,” he said.

“There have also been a steady stream of sporting events here, including the Brisbane Roar visit, the Touch Football State Cup, sailing championships, the Joeys Mini World Cup and the Hervey Bay 100 triathlon, with an Intrust Super Cup rugby league game planned in April as well.

“These events are collectively worth millions of dollars to our region, as visitors spend money with our local businesses such as accommodation providers, restaurants and cafes.

“It’s all part of Council’s plan to build better communities and grow a strong, diversified and resilient economy here on the Fraser Coast.”