Let's be the most resilient community in Queensland
IT'S well known Queensland is this nation's most resilient state after consistently fighting back from cyclones and floods.
And Fraser Coast Regional councillor Rolf Light wants to make this region the most resilient region in the state.
Maryborough was inundated with floodwaters in 2011 and 2013, and Cr Light's own community of Burrum Heads was torn apart by a tornado.
The former New South Wales fireman was appointed portfolio councillor for community resilience earlier this year.
At Wednesday's council meeting in Maryborough, he presented the inaugural report and set a strong goal.
"I've got a vision that we should be the most resilient community in Queensland and lead the way - and I really think we can," he said.
Cr Light said working with community groups to form an emergency plan and be self-reliant during disaster was key.
"We've got outstanding professionals that are doing some outstanding, proactive work," he said.
"Particularly the ones that can be isolated, their responsibility is to be self-reliant and prepared."
He cited the emergency community group at Pacific Haven as being a good example of initiative, describing it as 'a positive, logical professional group of people who want to take the bull by the horns and be self-reliant and organised in a disaster'.
Along with spending 33 years doing fire rescue work in Australian motor sport, Cr Light was a deputy captain in the Rural Fire Service for 10 years.
"I've seen first-hand what the difference can make between a community that is prepared and not prepared," he said.