Sirens will warn of disasters
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