Calls for tsunami warning report
THE council is investigating a tsunami warning system for the Fraser Coast.
Division 9 councillor Stuart Taylor put forward the motion, and said it was important to ask the question about whether the region was prepared for a worst case scenario.
Cr Taylor said the last time there was a tsunami warning for the east coast of Australia, in 2007, people were still enjoying the beaches in Hervey Bay throughout the day, because they had no way of knowing the danger which could have been headed their way.
Cr Taylor said that although the warning in 2007 turned out to be a false alarm, a tsunami beginning in the unstable Pacific Rim could reach the east coast of Australia in just three to four hours, which meant it was worthwhile for the council to look into its disaster management options.
He proposed a report be made into the viability of installing a prominent audible alarm system for coastal communities, along with some other disaster management strategies.
Cr Taylor admitted the likelihood of a tsunami hitting the Fraser Coast any time soon was slim.
"We don't need to go out and get a warning system straight away, but we should at least check to see if it's viable," he said.
He said the sound system could potentially double as a public broadcast system for events such as the superboats, or to give warnings of other weather events such as severe storms approaching.