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  • Cairns District Disaster Management Plan

    Cairns District Disaster Management Plan - July 2017

    Cairns District Disaster Management Plan

    Produced by the Cairns Disaster District Management Group under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act 2003

    Revised: July 2017

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    Foreword “Natural disasters have a significant economic, social, environmental and political impact on the community. While some of the impacts of natural disasters can be mitigated, the risk cannot be completely eliminated. Therefore, decisions regarding what risks are acceptable need to be made by those involved in managing natural hazard impacts. Tropical cyclones, floods, severe storms and bushfires and the phenomena that they produce have had by far the greatest impact historically in Australia. However, a single event, such as a moderate earthquake in Sydney, could change the historical picture of natural hazards. It is for this reason that modelling potential impacts for a full range of small through to extreme events, and considering the potential impacts of climate change, is important. The study of prehistoric impacts of natural hazards can be useful in extending the knowledge provided by historical records. The socioeconomic cost and natural disaster policy, as much as the spatial and temporal distribution of both hazards and communities, need to be considered when managing the impact of natural disasters. A hazard develops into a disaster when it has a widespread or concentrated negative impact on people. While Australia’s growing economy and technological advances may assist in managing disasters, they also make communities more vulnerable to the potential impact of hazards. This occurs through the increase and concentration of the population and the built environment, and a greater reliance on infrastructure such as power and water supplies. The difficulty of measuring the actual impact of a natural disaster on the community continues to be a major challenge because of the complexities in assessing loss. Intangible losses, such as destruction of personal memorabilia and the effects of post-disaster stress, are particularly difficult to measure. Though insured losses are the most easily captured, they are only a small proportion of total losses. These challenges need to be kept in mind when measuring and communicating ‘impact’. A key to reducing the overall risk is for those who play a role in the management of natural hazards to work closely with the wider community, as well as with each other.” (Australian Government, Geoscience Australia: Chapter Two, Impact of Natural Disasters

    The philosophy underpinning ‘Disaster Management’ planning in Queensland is based on the nationally recognised ‘Comprehensive approach’ principles of ‘Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery’. These principles are referred to in the Disaster Management Act (QLD) 2003- Reprinted as in force on 1 November 2010. These principles are referred to at Part 3 of the Disaster Management Act (QLD) 2003.

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    Endorsement: The preparation of the Cairns District Disaster Management Plan has been

    undertaken in accordance with the Disaster Management Act 2003 (DM Act), to provide for effective disaster management in the Cairns District. The plan is

    endorsed for distribution by the Cairns District Disaster Management Group. Brett Schafferius District Disaster Coordinator Cairns District Disaster Management Group Date:

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    Contents Foreword.................................................................................................................... 2 Endorsement..............................................................................................................6 Contents..................................................................................................................... 7 Document Control ...................................................................................................11 AmendmentControl................................................................................................ 11 Amendment Register ............................................................................................. 11 Distribution.............................................................................................................. 12 Definitions................................................................................................................ 13 Abbreviations and Acronyms................................................................................. 16 Administration and Governance ........................................................................ 17 Authority to Plan..................................................................................................... 17 Purpose..................................................................................................................... 17 Objectives................................................................................................................. 17 Strategic Policy Framework.................................................................................. 17 Scope......................................................................................................................... 18 Disaster Management Priorities ........................................................................... 20 Review and Renew Plan......................................................................................... 20 Review of Disaster Management Arrangements ..................................... .......... 22 District Disaster Management Group................................................................... 23 Establishment ......................................................................................................... 23 Roles and Responsibilities..................................................................................... 27 Meetings .................................................................................................................. 39 Meeting Types.......................................................................................................... 39 Times and Places .................................................................................................... 39 Meeting Agenda............................................................................................. 41 Meeting Papers................................................................................................41 Meeting Minutes..................................................................................................... 45 Resolutions...................................................................................................... 46 Advisors to the DDMG............................................................................................ 47 SDCG BriefingPaper/NotingBrief................................................................. 47 Records Management..................................................................................... 50 Disaster Risk Management............................................................................... 51 Geographic Overview/Community Context........................................................... 51 Climate and Weather........................................................................................ 52 Services............................................................................................................. 52 Industry ............................................................................................................... 52 Local Government Arrangements …………........................................................... 52 Cairns Regional Council......................................................................................... 52 Cook Shire Council ................................................................................................. 56 Aurukun Shire Council .......................................................................................... 58 Hope Vale Shire Council......................................................................................... 60

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    Kowanyama Shire Council..................................................................................... 62 Lockhart River Shire Council ............................................................................... 64 Mapoon Shire Council ........................................................................................... 68

    Napranum Shire Council ............................................................................... 69 Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council ................................................ 70 Pormpuraaw Shire Council............................................................................ 70 Torres Shire Council ....................................................................................... 71 Torres Strait Island Regional Council....................................................