Flood cam­era ready at Fox­ton

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

LO­CAL res­i­dents and vis­i­tors can now check on the flood sta­tus of Moss­man’s Fox­ton Bridge with­out get­ting off the couch.

Coun­cil has just in­stalled a “Flood Cam” near Fox­ton Bridge which feeds images ev­ery 15 min­utes di­rect to Coun­cil’s web­site so our com­mu­ni­ties can see if the north­ern con­nec­tion is open or closed due to flood­ing.

Gen­eral man­ager op­er­a­tions and Dou­glas Lo­cal Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Group co­or­di­na­tor Paul Hoye said the Fox­ton Bridge Flood Cam was jointly funded by SES and coun­cil and will be a vi­tal tool for the com­mu­nity dur­ing flood­ing events.

“The Flood Cam pro­vides real-time vis­ual feed­back for Coun­cil, SES, Emer­gency Man­age­ment Queens­land of­fi­cers and the pub­lic dur­ing flood­ing events,” Mr Hoye said.

“Stage 1 which is now com­pleted in­volved the in­stal­la­tion of the flood cam­era which cap­tures images from a num­ber of points and feeds those images di­rectly to our web­site.

“Stage 2 which we have yet to com­mence will in­volve the in­stal­la­tion of a water level sen­sor to pro­vide real time alerts and ac­ti­va­tion of au­to­mated ‘Road Closed’ sig­nage to be in­stalled at the ap­proaches to Fox­ton Bridge.

To check out the Flood Cam go to http://dou­glas.qld.gov.au/com­mu­nity/dis­as­ter-and-emer­gen­cy­in­for­ma­tion/dou­glas-flood­cam/.

Also this week coun­cil re­leased the dates for next year’s Car­ni­vale fes­ti­val.

It will be held one week later in 2017 to min­imise the po­ten­tial for rain im­pact­ing fes­tiv­i­ties and avoid the usual clash with the Noosa Food & Wine Fes­ti­val.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said Car­ni­vale 2017 will be held from Fri­day, May 26 to Sun­day, May 28. “It makes sense to avoid clash­ing with the Noosa Food & Wine Fes­ti­val which is hugely pop­u­lar with sim­i­lar au­di­ences we are try­ing to tar­get.

“That ex­tra week may also im­prove our prospects of beau­ti­ful sunny skies,” Ms Leu said.

Event man­ager Melissa Head said feed­back dur­ing Car­ni­vale 2016 proved the new short­ened for­mat was a win­ner.

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