Government subsidy helps boost city disaster readiness

Redland City Council received the first instalment this week of a $96,730 Queensland Government subsidy to help upgrade the city’s flood and disaster management systems.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the subsidy was agreed in November last year by the Minister for Local Government, the Hon David Crisafulli.

“The state Flood Inquiry and Council’s own climate change planning and disaster management exercises have highlighted the opportunity for improvements to our disaster management infrastructure,” Cr Williams said.

“Council’s Flood Response Preparedness project costing an estimated $242,000, will make important improvements to both our flood planning and disaster response capacity.

“It includes improvements to Council Geographic Information System (GIS) and mapping software, allowing for better forecasting of weather and tidal impacts in the Redlands.

“Predictive mapping is an important part of managing potential future disasters.

“As a bayside community we need to plan for long term impacts of sea level changes on our bays, estuaries and low lying areas.

“Funding will also contribute to upgrades to the Local Disaster Coordination centre operational space and the installation of a multi award winning Australian Disaster Management software.

“The new electronic workflow software being acquired by Council will provide easy- to- use and scalable operational control capacity for our city’s disaster management team.

“Is important that this highly skilled and well rehearsed disaster management team has access to the essential technology to allow them to do what they train for.

“We are very grateful and appreciative of the state government’s support.”