New Disaster Managment Plan adopted by the council

THE guidelines for how the Fraser Coast will deal with catastrophes such as floods, cyclones and terror attacks have been set in a new Local Disaster Management Plan.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council adopted the plan at Wendesday's Maryborough ordinary meeting.

Fraser Coast disaster co-ordinator Mal Churchill said it was important residents familiarised themselves with the plan, which can be viewed on the council's website, and prepared for the coming storm season.

"It's been assessed by state assessors to meet the guidelines it needs to, and it is compliant with those guidelines," Mr Churchill said.

"It's going on our website now and people should look at it, make themselves familiar with it. 

"We will be testing the plan ... we will stage exercises out of the blue; they (council and other disaster management agencies or people) will get a message from us and we'll run our 8 exercises."

Mr Churchill said disaster management exercises would be held to test aspects of the new plan and how it performed in working situations.

Another new aspect of the plan Mr Churchill highlighted, were flood maps that would be made available online.

He said residents would be able to view a flood map that would show Maryborough levels for each half metre from 5m to 14m ahead of most flood events so they could visualise how they could be affected.

Preliminary maps are also available for residents near the Burrum and Cherwell regions, although he said the complete maps for those areas were still being developed.

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