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New software being developed to aid crisis response

NEW technology to help co-ordinate emergency responses during major disasters is being developed to brace the Fraser Coast.

The new software system, named the Guardian Control Centre, will map incidents, call-outs, threats and logistics in real time.

Developers at a seminar at Maryborough Town Hall on Wednesday said the system offered a one-stop shop for governments to collate information in times of crisis.

Representatives from local regional councils from the Sunshine Coast to Rockhampton were given new insight at the seminar into evolving developments with the technology.

Fraser Coast disaster co-ordinator Mal Churchill said councils were moving away from command and control to a more integrated management program that would allow them to cope with any disaster.

"The program is expanding across the councils of Queensland and allows us to go across borders to assist in times of need," Mr Churchill said.

Regional hydrology manager Chris MacGeorge said he was involved in helping to monitor rainfall patterns and forecast for flooding - information that could be shared using the new system.

"The better information we have - the more lead time we have for emergency and disaster management," Mr MacGeorge said.

"You can guarantee natural disasters, like the recent flooding, will happen again."

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