Works progress on local disaster co-ordination centre

Media Release

MCC010/2015

06 November 2015

Joint release with:

Cr Don Waugh

Mayor North Burnett Regional Council

Ken O'Dowd

Federal Member for Flynn

Construction has begun on the new North Burnett Disaster Management Coordination Centre with the recent pouring of the concrete slab.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Australian Government has invested over $1.1 million to fully fund the project under the Community Development Grants Programme.

“The Australian Government is continuing to deliver on its election commitment to fund infrastructure upgrades across Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

“We are committed to funding projects such as this one which will have a longer term positive impact on the social and economic infrastructure of communities.”

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said local company Possco Homes were awarded the successful tender, providing an important economic boost to the region.

“The building will adjoin the existing airport waiting terminal, which will be upgraded for use by both the public and the media in times of disaster,” Mr O'Dowd said.

“Designed to include coordination/control rooms, meeting rooms, personal accommodation and amenities, the building will also be available for use by organisations such as the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) for vital training purposes.”

Mayor of North Burnett Regional Council Don Waugh said the centre would comprise a stand-alone disaster management complex complete with an aviation fuel facility.

“Located on land adjacent to the Gayndah airstrip, the complex is ideally positioned to coordinate operations throughout the North Burnett, and will host state-of-the-art equipment to assist in managing disaster events” Cr Waugh said.

Works are scheduled for completion in early 2016, weather permitting.