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Posted on: 11 February, 2019

Get Ready, Get Resilient – Hub Open Day coincides with Marcia anniversary

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While unfavourable conditions postponed Get Ready, Get Resilient – Hub Open Day in December, the event has been rescheduled to coincide with the fourth anniversary of ex-Tropical cyclone Marcia.

Residents are being invited to attend the free, fun family day on Saturday, 23 February from 9am to 1pm to get help with their ‘what-if’ plan.

To be held at The Hub in Beaman Park, Yeppoon, the event aims to help the community to better understand the risk of storms, coastal hazards, tsunamis, storm surges, cyclones, and bushfires.

Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton, who is also Deputy Chairman of the Livingstone Shire Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) said our region has seen its fair share of disasters in the past few months with the appearance of a tropical cyclone, bushfires and heavy rainfall.

“These recent weather events have proven that anything can happen at any time and conditions can change in an instant. That’s why it’s important to understand what our role is and how that affects each community member’s role during a disaster,” Cr Hutton said.

“As we reach the fourth anniversary of ex-tropical Cyclone Marcia, this is a timely and important opportunity for Council to identify local risks and hazards, promote resilience through the Get Ready initiative, and share information on how disasters are managed.

“It’s also a chance for the community to speak one-on-one with emergency service agencies to get a better insight into the strategic operations in place for our region when a disaster occurs.

“This exercise also provides the opportunity to remind residents of Council’s comprehensive emergency plans and key actions to ensure our community is resilient and as knowledgeable as possible on potential coastal risks.

“Council would like to thank the Commonwealth Government, Queensland Government and Queensland Reconstruction Authority for their support of the event in partnership with Livingstone Shire Council.

“Multiple agencies will be on hand with advice and information that can help you put together your ‘what-if’ plan, so I encourage everyone to come along to find out more about coastal hazards with interactive activities, demonstrations and family entertainment.”

Bring the kids along to enjoy free amusement rides, kids’ activities from 9am to 1pm, with tours of the newly completed building, The Hub, also taking place on the day.

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