Tough­en­ing up for dis­as­ters

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

TOWNSVILLE e mer­gency ser­vices are now able to co- or­di­nate nat­u­ral dis­as­ter re­sponses from one of the tough­est build­ings in North Queens­land.

The $ 8.5 mil­lion Townsville Lo­cal Dis­as­ter Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­tre ( LDCC) has been com­pleted in time for the cy­clone sea­son.

The cen­tre was built with 54 tonnes of re­in­forced steel and al­most 650 cu­bic me­tres of con­crete. It can with­stand a Cat­e­gory 5 cy­clone, in­clud­ing winds of up to 300km/ h.

The build­ing has backup power gen­er­a­tors, water sup- plies and diesel fuel to en­sure emer­gency ser­vices will be able to con­tinue to up­date res­i­dents if a dis­as­ter hits.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and Mayor Jenny Hill vis­ited the new state- of- theart cen­tre in Dal­rym­ple Rd, Gar­butt yes­ter­day.

“Queens­land is no stranger to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in­clud­ing cy­clones, floods and droughts,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “We’ve also seen re­cently pro­longed heat­wave con­di­tions which con­trib­uted to the worst bush­fire emer­gency to im­pact our state.”

Cr Hill said the LDCC would be the home of dis­as­ter re­sponse for fu­ture ma­jor weather events.

“This state- of- the- art fa­cil­ity will pro­vide all agen­cies needed to man­age a dis­as­ter with the space they need when the next ma­jor event hits,” she said. “This has been a great col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween all lev­els of gov­ern­ment to en­sure the best pos­si­ble out­come for the com­mu­nity when a dis­as­ter hits.”

Townsville City Coun­cil re­ceived $ 1.98 mil­lion in fund­ing from the joint Com­mon­wealth- State Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­silience Pro­gram.

WE’RE READY: Se­nior Sergeant Bren­ton Webb and In­spec­tor Mark McKen­zie from QFES stand on top of the new $ 8.5 mil­lion Lo­cal Dis­as­ter Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­tre of­fi­cially opened yes­ter­day. BE­LOW: Ex­te­rior and in­te­rior pho­tos of the build­ing. Pic­tures: ZAK SIMMON

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