A RIGOROUS disaster response plan and infrastructure upgrades has Douglas Shire Council more prepared than ever for cyclone season.
Flood monitoring works and an online Disaster Dashboard has bolstered the region’s resilience to unprecedented levels.
Mayor Julia Leu said Douglas Shire was undeniably ready.
“We don’t want disaster to strike, but it is always a possibility and it is vital that we have measures in place to protect our community,” she said.
“We had only been a council for a couple of months when Cyclone Ita hit in 2014, but fast-forward three years and the public can be assured Council has never been more prepared.”
Infrastructure upgrades recently completed include flood cameras that live-stream to Council’s website from Barratt’s Creek and Anich’s bridge.
Electronic road closure signs have also been installed at Foxton Bridge and Anich’s Bridge, as well as an automatic water level gauge at Barratt Creek.
“These projects will help caution residents about potential inundation at these flooding hotspots,” Mayor Leu said.
“This shows how far Council has come since the days when a nearby resident would observe the levels on a flood stick and report river heights to the authorities.”
Mapping of coastal erosion, storm tide and vulnerable coastal populations is underway through the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy.
Council also recently held a community meeting at Diwan to discuss plans and preparations with residents north of the Daintree River.
“We are ensuring every resident in Douglas Shire has been accounted for in this Disaster Management Plan,” Mayor Leu said.
“Disasters can have a significant economic, environmental and social impact, which is why it is so crucial adequate preparation has been undertaken.”
The Local Disaster Management Group endorsed a revised plan at the LDMG meeting held this month. The plan was approved at this week’s Ordinary Council Meeting.
For Disaster Dashboard, visit: http://dashboard.douglas.qld.gov.au/