Coun­cil ad­mits shel­ter nec­es­sary

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil de­cided last week that a disas­ter evac­u­a­tion cen­tre in Port Dou­glas might be a good idea af­ter all.

Dur­ing Fe­bru­ary’s alert for Cy­clone Yasi, res­i­dents of Port Dou­glas were evac­u­ated to Moss­man and fur­ther afield.

Divi­sion 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu spon­sored the res­o­lu­tion “that coun­cil in­ves­ti­gate an ap­pro­pri­ate evac­u­a­tion cen­tre for Port Dou­glas”.

“I know we need to iden­tify an ap­pro­pri­ate evac­u­a­tion cen­tre in Port Dou­glas,” Cr Leu said.

“Do we have any suit­able coun­cil prop­er­ties? If not, we need to part­ner with state agen­cies to iden­tify a suit­able com­mu­nity evac­u­a­tion cen­tre.

“If we’re ever in that sit­u­a­tion again, we need to have some­thing iden­ti­fied.”

Al­though state MP Ja­son O’Brien has nom­i­nated the Port Dou­glas State School as the most likely lo­ca­tion of a Port Dou­glas evac­u­a­tion cen­tre, the Queens­land Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing said the new fed­er­ally-funded fa­cil­i­ties were not de­signed as cy­clone shel­ters.

“(All schools in the Dou­glas re­gion) re­ceived li­braries and some also re­ceived cov­ered out­door ar­eas, and there­fore their main pur­pose is not con­sid­ered to be ap­pro­pri­ate for use as a shel­ter,” the depart­ment said.

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