Sirens will warn of dis­as­ters

Central Queensland News - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE in the Sapphire gem­fields are in­vited to learn about an early warn­ing sys­tem for flood and fire emer­gen­cies in the area.

Cen­tral High­lands Re­gional Coun­cil re­solved to de­sign an early warn­ing siren sys­tem as part of coun­cil’s flood­plain man­age­ment plan and has $300,000 of cap­i­tal works budget al­lo­cated to the project.

Mayor Kerry Hayes said a siren sys­tem was an ef­fec­tive way to warn peo­ple of im­pend­ing dan­ger.

“The sys­tem will be used by dis­as­ter man­age­ment to warn in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, in­clud­ing floods and fire,” he said.

“Par­tic­u­larly for flood emer­gen­cies, coun­cil has done a great amount of work in­stalling rain and river height gauges and this is a means of ef­fec­tively com­mu­ni­cat­ing im­mi­nent dan­ger on a broad scale.

“With tourists fre­quently camp­ing in the area, peo­ple’s safety has been flagged as an is­sue.

“The in­for­ma­tion ses­sion is a great op­por­tu­nity to learn more about the sys­tem.”

Pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sions will be held at the Sapphire Multi-pur­pose Cen­tre, Ruby­vale Rd, Sapphire on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6 be­tween 4–6pm. RSVP is not re­quired. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the coun­cil’s web­site, phone 1300 242 686 or visit one of the coun­cil’s cus­tomer ser­vice cen­tres.

With tourists fre­quently camp­ing in the area, peo­ple’s safety has been flagged as an is­sue.

— Cr Kerry Hayes

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