Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

New Council Officer Works to Keep Communications Open

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

New Council Officer Works to Keep Communications Open

Article excerpt

MACKAY Regional Council has employed a community resilience officer to help aged care facilities and rural communities prepare for natural disasters.

The officer will also focus on improving the lines of communication between the council and community groups during times of disaster.

State Government disaster money has been used to employ the resilience officer, who has been working in the community for the past four weeks.

Mackay Regional Council director of engineering services Stuart Holley said the officer would be a great asset to council, particularly in times of disaster.

C[pounds sterling]That officer will be working with the community over the next two years to... help improve their preparedness and the communications associated with disaster events to make sure over the longer term our community is better placed to handle disasters,C[yen] Mr Holley said.

C[pounds sterling]This officer will be working specifically with groups like our aged care groups, with our rural communities and some of our outer lying communities to see what we can do to improve our communication links. …

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