Council sanctions update of Disaster Management Plan
GYMPIE Region's updated Disaster Management Plan was officially sanctioned at yesterday's council meeting, just in time for the storm season.
Social Wellbeing councillor Rae Gate, said the updated plan replaced the 2010 version and met new guidelines introduced last year.
"As the lead agency in the event of a flood, storm or other severe weather event in our region, it is critical that we are well prepared, particularly given our recent history of flooding in Gympie.
"The disaster management plan approved by council today addresses key areas such as disaster risk assessment, preparedness, capacity building, response strategy and recovery, and I commend the council officers who have worked so diligently to produce it."
Mayor Ron Dyne, who chairs the Gympie Regional Local Disaster Management Group, warned against complacency.
"The severity of natural disasters around the globe is a reminder that we need to remain vigilant and prepared," Cr Dyne said.
"We may not be able to prevent a disaster from occurring, but we can, through planning, organisation, cooperation and communication, prepare our community and enhance its resilience."
The plan is available on the council website.