Balonne Shire Mayor Samantha O'Toole.
Balonne Shire Mayor Samantha O'Toole.

Balonne shire on board with natural disaster preparedness

BALONNE Shire Council will develop a digital dashboard to provide critical real-time disaster information to the community, backed by the 2020-21 Get Ready Queensland Program.

Funding will be administered through the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) and strengthens the Palaszczuk government’s efforts to make Queensland the most disaster-resilient state in Australia.

Queensland Treasurer and Minister responsible for the QRA Cameron Dick said disaster dashboards have proven a valuable tool to keep Queenslanders safe during times of crisis.

“Queensland’s disaster resilience is improved by initiatives that are locally-led and supported by the state,” Mr Dick said.

“More than half of our councils now use disaster dashboards to keep their communities informed about severe weather events, and it’s great the people of Balonne Shire will have the protection of this technology.

“This year has been like no other due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has tested the resilience of Queenslanders like never before.

“However, even as we battle a global health emergency and deliver Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, our government remains committed to best preparing our communities for the natural disasters we regularly face.”

Balonne Mayor Samantha O’Toole said the Balonne Shire Disaster Dashboard would provide a one-stop-shop for residents to make informed decisions before, during and after a disaster.

“The disaster dashboard will be linked to council’s website so that residents can easily access emergency warnings and information about incidents in real-time,” Cr O’Toole said.

“It will host information from a variety of sources and will provide updates on weather warnings, road closures, power outages, school closures and evacuation centre locations.”

Get Ready Queensland provides $2 million in grants each year to the state’s 77 councils and one town authority to implement disaster preparedness initiatives in their local communities.

F or more information on Get Ready Queensland visit getready.qld.gov.au.


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