Early warning system of emergency notification for Gemfields
THE Queensland Govern- ment has committed $177,000 for Central Highlands Regional Council to install an innovative emergency notification system to increase the region's resilience to disasters.
Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the funding would allow an early-warning emergency siren and CCTV system to be installed.
"The Gemfields area is subject to flash flooding and bush fires that can have a widespread and crippling impact on the community,” Mr Dick said.
"This system would be used to notify people in the Sapphire and Graves Hill areas of an impending flash flood, bushfire or other hazard event.
"Gem hunters from all over the world come to this region and camp across public fossicking lands that are vulnerable to floods, so an early-warning siren and sound system will address the unique challenges presented at this popular tourist spot.”
Sirens are a proven technology adopted by a number of local governments.
Mr Dick said Queenslanders were well aware of the impact natural disasters could have on their communities, especially after Tropical Cyclone Debbie savaged the state in 2017.
"Preparing for storms, fires, and floods is a way of life in Queensland and it is a matter of 'when' not 'if' a disaster will strike,” Mr Dick said.