Mayor now says flood wardens not 'officially appointed'

HOW much does the council know about its own flood preparations? Not as much as it thought at the beginning of the month.

On August 1, Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell told the Chronicle: "the council has instituted a system of (flood) wardens to create a two-way flow of information".

"The wardens have been provided with UHF radios to ensure that they can provide information on rainfall, weather and local situations direct to the Disaster Co-ordination Centre."

The Mayor went on to say: "the wardens so far cover Glenwood, Bauple, Poona, Maaroom, Tiaro, Aldershot, Toogoom, Burrum Heads and Howard".

However, when asked about those same wardens on Wednesday, the council and its Mayor back-pedalled - officially anyway.

"The council has distributed 12 radios and is working with individuals and groups as it sets up the network of wardens," Cr O'Connell said.

"The volunteers will be 'officially appointed' when they have completed the Queensland Disaster Management induction and radio protocol training."

Further investigations by the Chronicle revealed that, if there was a network of wardens in place, the people who should know about them didn't.

"No mate. Twice I've asked for their names because I'm the communications man for the Granville Community Co-ordinating Committee," Denis Brown said.

"I wanted to get my base organised where I have a list of addresses and contact details of each warden for each area so when the crisis does come we can all liaise."

Mr Brown said as far as he knew there were no wardens yet in place.

He said it was important they were appointed soon because the flood season would begin on October 1.

The tale of the wardens

  • August 1: Mayor says wardens appointed
  • August 28: Mayor says wardens not officially appointed

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