Infrastructure upgrades help SES and council respond during storm season
  • Thursday 26 October 2017

When council builds a new bridge, upgrades a popular skate park or widens a major road, it’s hard to miss.

But there are some projects within council’s $237 million Capital Works Program this year you probably won’t notice – and it’s those that could make the biggest difference when storm season hits.

Council has upgraded SES facilities and established a second Field Coordination Centre in Caloundra to help the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) coordinate urgent repairs during severe weather events. It is also investigating power supply improvements for evacuation centres, with some upgrades to be made later this financial year.

Council’s Acting Coordinator Disaster Management Cathy Buck said improvements to the Woombye SES depot would make it easier for volunteers to prepare for and respond during storms.

“After finding a new home for the Nambour SES Group in Woombye last year, council has added new amenities block with toilets and showers, a kitchenette, additional office spaces, a meeting room and a large training space,” Ms Buck said.

“Having these essential facilities will help with weekly training sessions and make it much easier for the volunteers during extended periods of operation when a hot shower makes a world of difference.”

Upgrading the Caloundra council depot to be suitable as a Field Coordination Centre means the LMDG can still coordinate with field crews if the Maroochydore centre is not accessible during an emergency event.

Council also allocated a portion of its Get Ready Queensland Program disaster preparedness funding towards a new sandbagging machine for the SES, making it faster and easier to fill up the bags ahead of the next severe weather event.