Lessons learned from th­ese floods

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

FOR three years run­ning now the North Bur­nett has been threat­ened by trop­i­cal weather events, giv­ing the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil more knowl­edge to work with for fu­ture events.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Pitt said he was happy with the ef­forts of the coun­cil, police and emer­gency ser­vices.

“Ev­ery­one did their jobs very well and pro­fes­sion­ally,” Mr Pitt said.

“We had Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Marcia in 2015 and then an­other weather event in 2016 and now this one, so real­is­ti­cally the learn­ing has gone all the way back to the 2010/11 floods.”

This weather event was the first where the Gayndah Disaster Man­age­ment Cen­tre was fully op­er­a­tional and able to be em­ployed in man­age­ment plans.

“This is the first time we have been able to use the build­ing dur­ing a real world event, in the past it has only been drills,” Mr Pitt said.

“It went re­ally well with re­gional and disaster man­age­ment co-or­di­na­tion hap­pen­ing and each town had their own coun­cil­lor over­see sub-groups.

“One of the ad­van­tages to the new model of the disaster cen­tre and sub-groups is be­ing able to di­vide the re­gion into the town so sub-groups can fo­cus on their own town­ship.”

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

COUN­CIL RE­SPONSE: A num­ber of roads were cut off dur­ing and af­ter the flood­ing rain.

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