Council adopts first regional disaster management plan
  • Friday 23 October 2009

Sunshine Coast Council is expected to adopt the region’s first disaster management plan at its General Meeting next Monday.

The milestone document is the result of a partnership approach between council and a range of emergency and community services on the Sunshine Coast, as part of the Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group (SCLDMG).

SCLDMG Chair, Councillor Tim Dwyer, said the plan aims to provide the Sunshine Coast community with the tools to ensure a timely and effective response, recovery and return to a safe environment after a disaster.

“This council has an active disaster management philosophy which embraces mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery strategies,’’ Cr Dwyer said.

“This plan supports that by supplying the tools to ensure there is an effective and coordinated response to a disaster event, and to facilitate a speedy return to a safe and secure environment as soon as possible.

“A milestone document for the region – as it is our first disaster management plan as a new council – it integrates with state and federal disaster management arrangements, allowing district and state disaster management groups to provide assistance if required.

“The primary focus shared by all of the agencies that have contributed to the development of this plan is to help reduce the loss of human life, illness or injury to people, property loss or damage, or damage to the environment that result from a disaster.

“I would like to thank all of the volunteers, the emergency services and council officers who work so tirelessly to ensure our community is safe in times of emergency and who have contributed to the development of this plan.

“I also ask our community to peruse the plan and to do their part by developing a simple plan of their own – so that they and their family are also well prepared for any disaster.”

The new plan replaces the previous Noosa and Caloundra City’s Local Disaster Management Plans and the draft Maroochy Disaster Management Plan which are now outdated.

Once approved by council at Monday’s meeting, the plan will go to the Ordinary Meeting for final adoption on Thursday. It will then be available via council’s website, libraries and customer service centres.