An aerial photo of the Baffle Creek area after the January 2013 floods.
An aerial photo of the Baffle Creek area after the January 2013 floods. Brenda Strong

Baffle Creek residents keen to establish disaster committee

PLANS are underway to re-establish a local emergency co-ordination committee for the Baffle Creek area.

The area was hit hard during floods in January and February, with residents cut off for days.

Gladstone Regional Council is working with the Baffle Creek, Lowmead and Rosedale communities to re-establish a committee in the area after many residents indicated their willingness to be involved, during a recent meeting at Wartburg.

Gladstone Region Local Disaster Management Group chairwoman Gail Sellers said a community disaster management meeting at Baffle Creek had attracted about 80 residents, who shared their knowledge of the effects of natural disasters in the area, and views on how the council could assist in making the community more resilient.

"The meeting served as a debrief of the January and February floods and allowed residents to speak directly with council staff and councillors, and members of the local emergency services," Cr Sellers said.

People interested in being involved in the committee can attend a meeting at the Baffle Creek Sport and Recreation Grounds shed on Saturday, April 13 from 9.30-11.30am.

Emergency co-ordination committees help council-run local disaster management groups to prepare a local disaster management plan, promote community awareness and disaster preparedness messages, provide and relay information within the local community during times of disasters and emergencies, and make recommendations about matters relating to disaster preparedness and disaster operations in that community.

To find out more phone the council on 4970 0700.