Granville meeting seeks river crossings for business owners
ALLOWING limited river crossings for business owners whose buildings are in danger of being inundated is one of the suggestions put forward at the first Granville Community Co-ordination Committee meeting.
The group met for the first time about a week ago and would meet again next month to discuss further flood-prevention measures for Granville, chairman and Division 4 councillor Daniel Sanderson said.
"The inaugural meeting was very productive and very positive," he said.
"Members raised a number of issues they feel are important during times of flood including methods of communication and how they can be improved and the facilities that are available during times of disaster.
"A suggested central point of contact was also raised.
"We're all very aware that Granville is vulnerable and often becomes isolated in times of flood.
"It's important we work together minimise the impacts on our community."
Cr Sanderson said members also wanted to investigate the drafting of a Granville Disaster Response Action Plan.
"These are just a number of positive ideas and suggestions that were mentioned during the first meeting and we look forward to building on those at future meetings," he said.
FCRC disaster planning co-ordinator Mal Churchill outlined the council's response during the latest floods and the implementation of flood gauges across the Fraser Coast.
Cr Sanderson said the group would investigate prevention measures for a number of different disaster scenarios.
"In addition to floods, we'll discuss safety measures in the event of cyclones, earthquakes and violent storms," he said.
"The response from community members to the initial meeting was fantastic and demonstrates how passionate we are about improving and protecting our community."
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