Local Emergency Coordination Committees (LECCs) have been established in the Gladstone Region in line with the Queensland Disaster Management Arrangements, Disaster Management Strategic Policy Framework and the Disaster Management Act 2003.
The purpose of LECCs is to establish a core group of people with the local community who possess the local knowledge and expertise to inform the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) and Local Disaster Coordinator on local matters and to provide a conduit for the dissemination of authorised information to the community.
Currently, two LECCs exist in the Gladstone Region:
- Baffle Creek, Rosedale, Lowmead and surrounding localities; and
- Agnes Water, Seventeen Seventy, Captain Creek and surrounding localities
Some of the functions that LECCs perform are:
- To provide relevant local information to the LDMG/Local Disaster Coordinator (LDC) to ensure that disaster management and disaster operation in the area are consistent with the State group's strategic policy framework for disaster management in the State;
- To help the LDMG for its area to prepare a Local Disaster Management Plan;
- To prepare and advise the LDMG/LDC of the local effective disaster management, and regularly review and assess the local disaster management arrangements and procedures which are consistent with the Local Disaster Management Plan;
- To identify and provide advice to the LDMG/LDC about support services required to the LECC to facilitate disaster management and disaster operations in the area;
- To assist in ensuring the community is aare of ways of mitigating the adverse effects of an event, and preparing for, responding to and recovering from a disaster;
- To provide reports and make recommendations to the LDMG/LDC about matters relating to disaster preparedness and disaster operations;
- To identify and coordinate the use of resources approved by the LDMG/LDC that may be used for disaster oeprations in the area;
- To establish and review communications systems i nthe area, and with the relevant LDMG, for use when a disasterhappens;
- To ensure information about a disaster or major incident in the area is promptly given to the LDMG/LDC; and
- To perform any function as directed by the LDMG/LDC that is not mentioned in the points above.