Mayor defends disaster plan after critic says it has lapsed

DOUBTS have been raised about the Fraser Coast Regional Council's Local Disaster Management Plan - with Maryborough flood campaigner Graham Wode claiming the plan doesn't exist.

Mr Wode addressed the council at Wednesday's meeting in Hervey Bay and said the most recent plan which expired on December 21 had not been renewed.

He said this would affect the council's ability to receive disaster funding.

"No current plan exists," he said.

However, Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the plan was under review.

"The plan has not lapsed," he said.

"It is constantly reviewed, especially after major events such as the Australia Day floods."

Mayor O'Connell said under the legislation the plan remained in force until it was replaced with a new plan.

"He (Mr Wode) is right that they need to be reviewed, which is why we date them," he said.

"We have been reviewing and rewriting our plan against the data that was collected after the floods this year."

Cr O'Connell said the plan had to be reviewed against changes to the technology and equipment used during a flood response and changes in the State Government departments and legislation and guidelines.

"We're on track to have the reviewed plan to the State Government in October as required, following its assessment by Emergency Management Queensland and other government departments as required," he said.

The plan is scheduled to be reviewed by EMQ, Queensland Police and the Local Disaster Management Group this month.



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