Kybong’s new disaster management group will assist emergency services and stranded commuters when the river rises and cuts the highway.
Kybong’s new disaster management group will assist emergency services and stranded commuters when the river rises and cuts the highway. Renee Pilcher

Disaster planning improving

GYMPIE police are working on a highway closure plan from Brisbane to Bundaberg to manage traffic before commuters become isolated by flood waters.

A traffic management plan for the Bruce Hwy will be co-ordinated by Gympie police in conjunction with other police districts and councils to minimise impact of flooding on travellers.

Around a dozen disaster management groups have been formed in key areas around the region under the leadership of Gympie's Local Disaster Management Group, run by Ron Potter.

The aim is to facilitate the sharing of information and resources between residents "on the ground" and emergency services and council in times of disaster.

The latest group to form, at Kybong, met for the third time this week in response to community concern triggered by the flooding event in early 2011 when more than 1000 people ended up stranded at Matilda Service Station for days when the swollen Mary River cut the highway in a number of sections.

At this stage the group is developing a community response plan to have it ready to be activated by the Local Disaster Management Group.

Gympie Police Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves said a police liaison officer would be appointed to each group.

He said a Kybong/Tandur Emergency Response Plan was being drawn up to minimise the impact and assist the community, travellers and emergency services when a disaster or major emergency occurred within the Kybong/Tandur areas of the Gympie council.

Gympie Times


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