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Posted on: 12 February, 2019

Livingstone Shire Recovery and Resilience Taskforces actions The Caves Bushfire Recovery

Livingstone Shire Council continues to make solid progress in post bush fire recovery, following the adoption of the Central Queensland Fires, a Recovery and Resilience Implementation Plan.

Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Mayor Bill Ludwig said Council endorsed the detailed plan last week, which is based on the principles of disaster recovery, including community led approaches, coordination of all activities, effective communication and acknowledging and building capacity.

“This plan brings the purpose and importance of the Livingstone Shire Recovery and Resilience Group and related four taskforces to the forefront once again as an integral part of the recovery and resilience of our community, as a result of disaster events like the recent Central Queensland wild fires,” Cr Ludwig said.

“The four taskforces within the Livingstone Shire Recovery and Resilience Group were established after Tropical Cyclone Marcia in 2015, which also took out the 2015 Resilient Australia Government Award as part of the Federal Government’s Resilient Australia Awards.

“The purpose of the taskforces is to focus both individually and collectively on the broader areas of Community Development, Regional Economic Development, Built Environment and Infrastructure, and Environment and Regulatory.

“The taskforces have also been tried and tested in other disasters such as Cyclone Debbie and the Fitzroy River Floods and will play an important part of rebuilding The Caves area in restoring business and tourism, supporting community recovery, and coordinating the environmental rehabilitation effort.”

Mayor Ludwig said Council officers met with the State Recovery Coordinator (SRC) Major-General (retired) Stuart Smith during his visit to the affected areas, to ensure a collective and coordinated approach to Recovery and Resilience was achieved through all levels of government.

“Having felt the devastating impacts disasters can have firsthand, building resilience within our region continues to be a core focus for Council,” Cr Ludwig said.

“Recovery is a long and challenging process that needs to recognise community diversity. Quick action is both crucial and expected, and this implementation plan will ensure The Caves community can bounce back as quickly and successfully as possible.”

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