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Council has teamed up with the Early Warning Network (EWN) to provide residents access to an alerting system for severe weather advice. The EWN provides subscribers with alerts relevant to their chosen location. Alerts come predominately by email and SMS. This is a free service to residents.
Council provides flooding, road condition reports and road closures on its Road Condition Report web page. This information relies heavily on community reporting of such conditions and should be used in conjunction with other advice as conditions can change rapidly.
You can also check out the latest river heights at the Bureau of Meteorology website http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ60289.html#Fitzroy
State Government Community Recovery grants
Queensland Government financial assistance is now available to those affected by the flooding in the Gladstone Regional Council areas of Agnes Water, Baffle Creek, Berajondo, Bororen, Boyne Valley, Boynedale, Captain Creek, Colosseum, Deepwater, Diglum, Euleilah, Eurimbula, Foreshores, Gindoran, Lowmead, Miriam Vale, Mount Maria, Mount Tom, Oyster Creek, Rodds Bay, Rosedale, Round Hill, Rules Beach, Seventeen Seventy, Tablelands, Taragoola, Taunton and Turkey Beach.
The following grants are available (subject to eligibility):
- Essential household contents
- Structural assistance
- Essential services safety and reconnection scheme
If you are experiencing personal hardship please contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349, or go to www.qld.gov.au/communityrecovery.
Assistance for primary producers
Flood-affected primary producers in the Gladstone Region can apply for Category B Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) assistance which includes:
Disposal of flood-damaged property is free of charge at the Rosedale, Baffle Creek, Agnes Water and Nagoorin Transfer stations until further notice.
Please note asbestos contaminated waste can only be disposed of at the Benaraby Landfil. Domestic quantities are free of charge and are required to meet the standard disposal conditions as outlined on our application form. Asbestos is a hazardous substance, so please refer to our fact sheet for advice.
Below are useful Queensland Health fact sheets
Following a storm or flood, there is a danger that some food in your house may not be safe to eat, especially if power has been cut or food has been in contact with contaminated water. Read the fact sheet.
Rainwater tanks and bore water-holding tanks impacted by storms, floods, bushfires and other natural disasters are likely to contain harmful organisms. Read the fact sheet.
There are measures you should take on your return to your home, workplace or other building affected by a storm or flood. Read the fact sheet.
Stay safe and healthy
Following the initial damage to property and infrastructure caused by storms, floods and cyclones, sickness and injury can still occur. Read the fact sheet.
Controlling mosquito breeding
Mosquito numbers can increase after floods and storms as standing water from heavy rainfall and flooding provides the perfect conditions for mosquito breeding. Read the fact sheet.
Gladstone Regional Council has a Local Disaster Management Plan (LDMP) that governs procedures in the event of emergency situations. This document provides guidance as to the approach to disaster management across the region and was developed in consultation with members of the Local Disaster Management Group consisting of representatives from Council, Police, Emergency Services and other agencies. The plan aims to minimise the effect of disasters and enable Council, Police, Emergency Services and other agencies involved in disaster management to respond appropriately to events as they arise.
Local Disaster Coordination
During significant disaster and emergent events, and depending on circumstances, the Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) may be activated. Notification will be provided through the media and our Customer Service and Call Centre staff if this occurs. The LDCC can be contacted by phoning (07) 4977 6655 (NOTE: this number will only be activated in the event of an emergency).
Council also has Local Emergency Coordination Committees (LECC), made up of core groups of people within the local community who possess the local knowledge and expertise to inform the LDMG and the Local Disaster Coordinator on local matters and to provide a conduit for the dissemination of authorised information to the community.
The following LECCs have been established and regularly meet:
- Baffle Creek Catchment LECC
- Boyne Valley LECC
- Agnes Water Seventeen Seventy and Captain Creek LECC
- Contact SES for flood, storm and cyclone damage on 132 500.
- In a life threatening situation, always call 000.
- For school closures, please visit www.qld.gov.au/education/schools/information/pages/closure.html
Maritime Safety Queensland has published Extreme Weather Event Contingency Plans to tell you what to do if a cyclone warning is posted and how to respond to the different warning and/or alert levels. Boat owners have responsibilities under each level. Make sure you know these to take the best safety precautions for your boat and surrounding infrastructure. Please refer to the Gladstone continguency plan this page. http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/Safety/Preparing-for-severe-weather.aspx
Webcams at commonly flooded crossings
Flood cameras have been installed at several commonly flooded crossings in the southern part of the Gladstone Region. To find out more visit our Flood Webcams page
In addition to the Local Disaster Management Plan, Council has additional information available. These are included in the publications listed below:
A range of resources designed to businesses' disaster resilience and recovery times are available on the Queensland government website.
Multilingual Natural Disaster Information
Gladstone Regional Council's Local Area Multicultural Partnership (LAMP) program have developed disaster resilience fact sheets in several of the most common languages used by residents of the Gladstone Region.
Please follow this link to download a fact sheet.
Other safety and preparedness information is available from various websites. The following links provide access to some of these sites:
Weather Related Links:
- Bureau of Meteorology
- Tropical Cyclones
- Tropical Cyclone 3-day outlook for The Coral Sea
- Forecast Rainfall
- Rainfall and River Conditions (Mackay to Maryborough)
- Department of Community Safety
- Disaster Information
- Farmer Disaster Support
- Queensland Fire and Rescue Service
- Queensland Rural Fire Service
- Get Ready Queensland
- Gladstone Regional Council Facebook page
- State Emergency Service
The Gladstone State Emergency Service Unit is comprised of eight (8) SES Groups located across the Gladstone region at Agnes Water, Baffle Creek, Calliope, Gladstone, Miriam Vale, Mount Larcom, Rosedale and Tannum Sands.
Rural Fire Brigades
For a list of Rural Fire Brigades visit the Gladstone Regional Council Community Services Directory online and select Fire & Rescue under the Emergency Services category.