Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018
Noosa Council 2017 www.noosa.qld.gov.au General Enquiries: By telephone: (07) 5329 6500 By email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (07) 5329 6501 Street Address: 9 Pelican Street, TEWANTIN Postal address: PO Box 141, TEWANTIN QLD 4565 Endorsed by Noosa Council 19 October 2017
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 1 Table of Contents 1. Forward ___ 5
2. Glossary ___ 6
2.1 Terms & Acronyms ___ 6
2.2 Definitions ___ 6
3. Terms of Reference ___ 11
3.1 Aim and purpose of this Plan ___ 11
3.2 Key objectives ___ 11
3.2.1 Prevention ___ 11
3.2.2 Preparedness ___ 11
3.2.3 Response ___ 11
3.2.4 Recovery ___ 12
3.3 Authority to plan ___ 12
3.3.1 Legislation ___ 12
3.3.2 Approval and adoption of the Plan by Noosa Council ___ 13
3.3.3 Approval and adoption of the Plan by Noosa Local Disaster Management Group ___ 13
Governance ___ 14
4.1 Queensland Disaster Management Act 2003 ___ 14
4.2 Queensland Government Disaster Management Strategic Policy Framework ___ 14
4.3 Queensland State Disaster Management Plan – principles of disaster management ___ 14
4.4 Emergency Management Assurance Framework ___ 15
4.5 Disaster management system in Queensland ___ 15
4.6 Local disaster management capability ___ 15
4.7 Amendment register and version control ___ 16
4.8 Distribution list ___ 16
4.9 Review and renewal of the Plan ___ 16
4.9.1 Arrangements for the review and assessment of the Plan ___ 17
Noosa Local Disaster Management Group ___ 18
5.1 Establishment of the Noosa Local Group ___ 18
5.2 Functions of the Noosa Local Group ___ 18
5.3 Noosa Local Group annual priorities ___ 18
5.4 Meetings of the Noosa Local Group ___ 18
5.5 Sub-groups of the Local Group ___ 19
5.5.1 Planning sub-groups ___ 19
5.5.2 Local community sub-groups ___ 19
5.6 Reporting requirements ___ 20
5.6.1 Reporting by members ___ 20
5.6.2 The Local Group reporting ___ 20
5.7 Membership of the Local Group ___ 20
5.7.1 Appointment of members . 20
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 2 5.7.2 Nomination by agencies of person to represent the member agency ___ 20
5.7.3 Deputy / alternate members of the Local Group ___ 21
5.7.4 Support for the Local Group ___ 21
5.8 Functions of the Chair of the Local Group ___ 21
5.9 Functions of the Local Disaster Coordinator ___ 21
5.10 Noosa Local Group Membership and Responsibilities ___ 22
5.10.1 Responsibilities of Local Group members ___ 23
5.11 Noosa Local Group Advisors ___ 23
5.12 Lead agencies for coordination of response to disaster events ___ 24
5.13 State agency local emergency support functions ___ 24
Disaster Risk Management ___ 27
6.1 Noosa Shire context ___ 27
6.1.1 Geography ___ 28
6.1.2 Climate ___ 28
6.1.3 Demography ___ 28
6.2 Community capacity ___ 29
6.2.1 Administrative centres ___ 29
6.2.2 Community organisations ___ 29
6.2.3 Healthcare ___ 29
6.2.4 Aged care ___ 29
6.2.5 Transport ___ 30
6.2.6 Shopping facilities ___ 30
6.3 Emergency services organisations ___ 30
6.3.1 Coastguard ___ 30
6.3.2 Queensland Ambulance Service ___ 30
6.3.3 Queensland Fire & Emergency Services ___ 30
6.3.4 Queensland Police Service ___ 30
6.3.5 State Emergency Service ___ 30
6.3.6 Surf Life Saving ___ 31
6.4 Economy ___ 31
6.5 Public buildings ___ 31
6.6 Major events and festivals ___ 31
6.7 Infrastructure ___ 31
6.8 Essential services ___ 32
6.9 Hazardous sites ___ 32
6.10 Disaster hazards ___ 32
6.11 Disaster risk assessment ___ 34
6.11.1 Risk methodology – likelihood descriptors ___ 34
7.1.1 Risk methodology – consequence descriptors ___ 35
7.1.2 Risk methodology – risk calculation table ___ 38
7.1.3 Risk likelihood assessment ___ 39
7.1.4 Risk consequence assessment .
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 3 7.1.5 Risk assessment for hazards ___ 43
7.2 Risk management and mitigation ___ 45
7.2.1 Risk reduction strategies – 2016/2017 ___ 45
7.2.2 Residual risk ___ 45
8. Prevention and Disaster Mitigation ___ 47
8.1 Prevention ___ 47
8.2 Disaster mitigation ___ 47
8.2.1 Building codes, building use regulations and planning policies ___ 47
8.2.2 Insurance ___ 47
8.2.3 Land use management initiatives ___ 47
8.2.4 Counter terrorism risk management ___ 47
8.2.5 Climate change ___ 48
9. Preparedness and Capacity Building ___ 50
9.1 Preparedness and awareness overview ___ 50
9.2 Noosa Local Disaster Management Group meetings ___ 50
9.3 Building response capacity ___ 50
9.4 Community resilience ___ 50
9.5 Community awareness ___ 51
9.6 Education and training ___ 51
9.7 Exercises ___ 52
9.7.1 Exercise program and type ___ 52
9.7.2 Exercise evaluation ___ 52
9.8 Post disaster assessment ___ 52
9.9 Emergency planning ___ 53
9.9.1 The Local Disaster Management Plan ___ 53
9.9.2 Lead agency sub-plans ___ 53
9.9.3 Local community disaster plans ___ 54
Response ___ 55
10.1 Response principles ___ 55
10.1.1 Response capability ___ 55
10.2 Coordination of response ___ 55
10.2.1 Initial response ___ 56
10.2.2 Incident (or field) Coordination Centre (ICC ___ 56
10.2.3 Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC ___ 56
10.2.4 District Disaster Coordination Centre (DDCC ___ 56
10.2.5 State Disaster Coordination Centre (SDCC ___ 57
10.3 Activation of the Local Group ___ 57
10.3.1 Activation and authority to activate ___ 57
10.3.2 Noosa Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) activation ___ 57
10.3.3 Noosa LDCC activation triggers and actions ___ 59
10.4 Accessing support ___ 61
10.4.1 Requests from the lead agency ICC to the LDCC .
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 4 10.4.2 Requests to DDC for assistance and/or support ___ 61
10.4.3 Requests to the State Disaster Coordination Centre for assistance and/or support ___ 61
10.4.4 Support from external agencies (public and private ___ 61
10.5 Public information and warning notification and dissemination ___ 61
10.5.1 Public information during disaster response and recovery ___ 61
10.5.2 Public warning system ___ 62
10.6 Declaration of a disaster situation ___ 62
10.6.1 Relationship between activation, declarations and financial assistance ___ 62
10.7 Activating the Local Group ___ 63
10.8 Operational Sub-Plans ___ 63
10.9 Threat specific planning and all hazards arrangements ___ 64
Recovery ___ 65
11.1 Definition ___ 65
11.2 Recovery principles and concepts ___ 65
11.3 Recovery components ___ 66
11.4 Establishment of a Local Recovery Committee ___ 67
11.5 Local Recovery Coordinator ___ 67
11.6 Recovery Plan ___ 67
11.6.1 Recovery plan for a specific event . 68
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 5 1. Forward Severe weather events can occur at any time, often with very little warning. Floods, fires and other disaster events do not respect local government boundaries. Experts suggest that ongoing climate change may bring about increasing severity of natural disasters. It is therefore essential that Noosa is well prepared and resilient. It is also important that we continue to liaise closely with local and regional authorities plus our neighbouring local governments.
The Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 (the Plan) is in compliance with the Queensland Disaster Management Act 2003, and addresses the Principles and Standards of the Emergency Management Assurance Framework.
It considers a wide range of potential disaster events. It also details our commitment to building a resilient Noosa Shire community by developing and implementing specific strategies to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. The Plan integrates Federal and State disaster management arrangements and details how the Local and District Disaster Groups will operate cooperatively.
In a nutshell, the Plan’s primary focus is to ensure the safety of our community. It aims to preserve life and prevent injury, to mitigate property damage, and to protect our environment. In order to be a well-prepared and resilient community, residents also need to play their part. This includes talking with family, friends or staff about what you would do in an emergency. It means developing your own emergency plan and ensuring that you have an Emergency Kit at the ready. And it also involves maintaining vegetation and drainage around your property. It always pays to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Finally, on behalf of the community, I would like to thank all the volunteers, emergency service personnel and council staff who work through disasters to help keep our community safe. Their efforts are essential to the effective implementation of this Local Disaster Management Plan. . .
Cr Tony Wellington Chair Noosa Local Disaster Management Group
- Ensuring the continuity of the business or service
- Protecting their own interests and personnel
- Protecting the community and environment from risks arising from the activities of the organisation
- Protecting the community and environment from credible risks. Community A group of people with a commonality of association and generally defined by location, shared experience or function.
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 7 Consequence The outcome of an event or situation expressed qualitatively or quantitatively, being a loss, injury, disadvantage, or gain. Coordination Coordination refers to the bringing together of organisations to ensure effective disaster management before, during and after an event. It is primarily concerned with the systematic acquisition and application of resources (people, material, equipment etc) in accordance with priorities set by Disaster Management Groups. Coordination operates horizontally across organisations and agencies.
Coordination Centre A centre established as centre of communication and coordination during disaster operations.
Declaration of disaster situation A District Disaster Coordinator for a Disaster District may, with the approval of the Minister, declare a disaster situation for the District or part of it, if satisfied of a number of conditions as set out in the Act. Disaster A serious disruption in a community, caused by the impact of an event, that requires a significant coordinated response by the State and other entities to help the community recover from the disruption.
Disaster management Arrangements to manage the potential adverse effects of an event, including, for example, arrangements for mitigating, preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovering from a disaster. Disaster operations Activities undertaken before, during or after an event to help reduce loss of human life, illness or injury to humans, property loss or damage, or damage to the environment, including, for example, activities to mitigate the adverse effects of the event. Disaster response capability (Local Government) The ability to use Local Government resources to effectively deal with, or help another entity to deal with, within the capacity of the Local Government, an emergency situation or a disaster in the local government’s area.District Disaster Coordinator (DDC) The DDC is the chairperson of the District Group and coordinates disaster operations in the disaster district for the District Group. Event An event may be natural or caused by human acts or omissions. It can also mean any of the following:
- Cyclone, earthquake, flood, storm, storm tide, tornado, tsunami, volcanic eruption or other natural happening
- Bushfire, an explosion or fire, a chemical, fuel or oil spill, or a gas leak
- Infestation, plague or epidemic
- Attack against the State
- Another event similar to the above events Flash flooding Flash flooding is generally defined as flooding that occurs within six hours of intense rainfall occurring. Flash flooding can occur in one of two ways:
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 8 1. Localised flooding – Localised flooding occurs when part of the storm water drainage system is blocked or capacity is exceeded. Possible effects include water damage to property, backyard/front yard flooding and localised road flooding. 2. Creek flooding (rapid onset floods) – Creek flooding is the result of intense localised rainfall. Often occurring with little warning time, creek flooding can pose a significant risk to life and property, with fast flowing water and little time to respond to the rising water levels. River flooding (slow onset floods) River flooding results from widespread and prolonged rainfall over a river’s catchment area.
Floods may last a couple of days to several weeks and represent a major impact on life and property. The time a flood peak arrives and the duration of flooding is defined by the area and slope of the river catchment as well as the length of the river.
Storm tide flooding Storm tides are associated with tropical storms and cyclones. Storm tide flooding comes from the ocean and is a result of combined high tides and heavy seas. Storm tides often coincide with periods of intense and prolonged rainfall and can impact on existing swollen river systems and low lying coastal areas. Storm tides can increase the severity, extent and length of any simultaneous river and creek flooding. Hazard A source of potential harm or a situation with a potential to cause loss. Incident Day to day occurrences, being an emergency or sudden event accidentally or deliberately caused which requires a response from one or more emergency response agencies by itself or in cooperation with other response agencies.
Incident coordination centre / field coordination centre Location or room from which response operations are managed for emergency incidents or situations. Mitigation Measures taken in advance of a disaster aimed at decreasing or eliminating its impact on communities, the economy, infrastructure and the environment. Natural Disaster Relief & Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) NDRRA provide a cost sharing formula between the State and Commonwealth Governments as well as a package of pre-agreed relief and recovery measures that may be activated by the Queensland Government on a needs basis.
NDRRA Activation An activation is made by the Minister when DNRRA funding applies.
This declaration is different to and not dependant on a Declaration of a Disaster Situation and is not a declaration of a disaster or emergency. Planning Development of systems for coordinating disaster response and establishing priorities, duties, roles and responsibilities of different individuals and organisations, including actual state of preparedness. Preparedness Measures to ensure that, should an emergency occur, communities, resources and services are capable of coping with the effects.
Prevention Measures to eliminate or reduce the incidence or severity of emergencies.
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 9 Public Safety Preservation Act 1986 If at any time a commissioned officer of the Queensland Police Service is satisfied on reasonable grounds that an emergency situation has arisen or is likely to arise, the commissioned officer may declare that an emergency situation exists in respect of an area specified by the officer. Reconstruction Actions taken to re-establish a community after a period of rehabilitation subsequent to a disaster.
Actions would include construction of permanent housing, restoration of all services, and complete resumption of the pre-disaster state.
Recovery The coordinated process of supporting affected communities, families and individuals in the reconstruction of the built environment and the restoration of their emotional, social and economic wellbeing, as well as the natural environment. Rehabilitation The operations and decisions taken after a disaster with a view to restoring a stricken community to its former living conditions, while encouraging and facilitating the necessary adjustments to the changes caused by the disaster. Relief The provision of immediate shelter, life support and human needs of persons affected by, or responding to, an emergency.
It includes the establishment, management and provision of services to emergency relief centres.
Residual risk The level of risk remaining after implementation of a risk treatment. Resilience A measure of how quickly a system recovers from failures. Response Measures taken in anticipation of, during and immediately after an emergency to ensure its effects are minimised. Resources Includes people, personnel or staffing, food, any horse or animal, vehicle, vessel, aircraft, plant apparatus, implement, earthmoving equipment, construction equipment or other equipment of any kind or any means of supplying want or need.
Risk The chance of something happening that may have an impact on the safety and wellbeing of your community.
It includes risk as an opportunity as well as a threat and is measured in terms of consequences and likelihood. Risk identification The process of identifying what can happen, why and how. Risk management The culture, processes and structures that are directed towards realising potential opportunities while managing adverse effects. Risk reduction Actions taken to lessen the likelihood, negative consequences, or both, associated with a risk. Risk treatment
- Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 10 Process of selection and implementation of measures to modify risk. Serious disruption
- Loss of human life or injury or illness
- Widespread or severe property loss or damage
- Widespread or severe damage to the environment Vulnerability Degree of loss which could result from a potentially damaging phenomenon, or the extent to which a country, area, community or structure risks being damaged by a disaster. This can also mean the susceptibility and resilience of the community and environment to hazards.
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 11 3.
Terms of Reference 3.1 Aim and purpose of this Plan The aim of this plan is to minimise the effects of, coordinate the response to, and ensure the recovery from a disaster or emergency affecting the Noosa Shire. The purpose of this Plan is to ensure the safety of the Noosa communities and to preserve lives, livelihoods and the environment in the event of a disaster affecting the region. Our priority is the preservation of human life. This Plan and the associated management arrangements have been developed with a community focus.
3.2 Key objectives The broad objectives of this Plan are to ensure that a coordinated and effective system of disaster management exists for Noosa Shire. The Plan also details specific strategies relating to the prevention and preparedness for, response to, and recovery from a disaster. These strategies are outlined below: 3.2.1 Prevention a) Develop systems that reduce disaster risks and ensure adherence to these procedures. b) Assist the community to be aware of methods of mitigating the adverse effects of an event, through community education and awareness.
c) Investigate and implement, where appropriate, strategies and initiatives to reduce the impact of disasters on the Noosa community using best practice emergency risk management processes.
3.2.2 Preparedness a) Enhance the community’s capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster so as to increase community resilience. b) Encourage an effective all agencies, all hazards approach. c) Identify those lead agencies that will provide guidance and leadership for the group on specific hazards.
d) Identify resources to maximize local and regional response capability. e) Establish relationships to increase disaster management capability. f) Improve the capacity of disaster management agencies by encouraging the sharing of knowledge, participation in training and shared exercises. 3.2.3 Response a) Ensure that the responsible lead agency is supported in their response to a particular emergency event. b) Ensure there is effective and timely communication with the community on the nature and impact of the event.
c) Ensure local and regional cooperation and coordination of response efforts during a disaster.
d) Minimize the impact on the community from a disaster event or emergency situation through effective response. e) Lay the ground work for the re-establishment of the community as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 12 3.2.4 Recovery a) Provide the framework for post event assistance to the affected community and provide immediate post-event welfare as appropriate. b) Ensure the recovery priorities of the community are identified and met. c) Reduce the community consequences following an event. 3.3 Authority to plan Councils have a legislative responsibility to develop a Local Disaster Management Plan in accordance with S57 of the Queensland Disaster Management Act 2003 (the Act). “S57 – Plan for disaster management in local government area A local government must prepare a plan (a local disaster management plan) for disaster management in the local government’s area.
The plan must include provision for the following – a) The State group’s strategic policy framework for disaster management for the State, and the local government’s policies for disaster management; b) The roles and responsibilities of entities involved in disaster operations and disaster management in the area; c) The coordination of disaster operations and activities relating to disaster management performed by the entities mentioned in paragraph (b); d) Events that are likely to happen in the area; e) Strategies and priorities for disaster management for the area; f) The matters stated in the disaster management guidelines as matters to be included in the plan; g) Other matters about disaster management in the area the local government considers appropriate.” “S58 Requirements of plan A local disaster management plan must be consistent with the disaster management standards and disaster management guidelines.” As required under the Act, Noosa Council will maintain a separate disaster response capability, establish a Local Disaster Management Group and operate a disaster coordination centre during an event.The Plan is the result of the cooperative efforts and consultation between the Noosa Local Disaster Management Group (Local Group, emergency service agencies and the Sunshine Coast District Disaster Management Group. 3.3.1 Legislation In addition to the Disaster Management Act 2003, legislation relevant to disaster management includes:
- Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966
- Ambulance Service Act 1991
- Noosa Council Local and Subordinate Local Laws
- Chemical Usage (Agricultural and Veterinary) Control Act 1998
- Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995
- Environmental Protection Act 1994
- Exotic Diseases in Animals Act 1981
- Explosives Act 1999
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- Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990
- Gas Supply Act 2003
- Information Privacy Act 2009
- Land Act 1994
- Liquid Fuel Supply Act 1984
- Local Government Act 2009
- Major Sports Facilities Act 2001
- Marine Parks Act 2004
- Native Title (Queensland) Act 1993
- Nature Conservation Act 1992
- Queensland Reconstruction Authority Act 2011
- Petroleum Act 1923
- Planning Act 2016
- Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000
- Public Health Act 2005
- Public Safety Preservation Act 1986
- Right to Information Act 2009
- Terrorism (Commonwealth Powers) Act 2002
- Water Act 2000
- Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008
- Work Health and Safety Act 2011 3.3.2 Approval and adoption of the Plan by Noosa Council The Noosa Council accepts its roles and responsibilities as described in the Act. Noosa Council adopted the 2018 Plan at its Ordinary Meeting on 19 October 2017.
3.3.3 Approval and adoption of the Plan by Noosa Local Disaster Management Group The 2018 Plan was endorsed by the Noosa Local Disaster Management Group at its meeting on 21 September 2017.
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 14 4. Governance 4.1 Queensland Disaster Management Act 2003 The Queensland Disaster Management Act 2003 (the Act) provides for matters relating to disaster management in Queensland. This Local Plan has been prepared so that it is consistent and complies with the Act. 4.2 Queensland Government Disaster Management Strategic Policy Framework This Plan is consistent with the principles contained in the State Disaster Management Group’s (State Group) Disaster Management Strategic Policy Framework.
The State Framework focuses on a comprehensive, all hazards approach with all levels and agencies of government working in partnership to reduce the effects of disasters and emergencies.
The Framework is based on the elements of disaster management in the Council of Australian Governments’ report Natural Disasters in Australia: Reforming Mitigation, Relief and Recovery Arrangements (2002) and it supports and builds on the four guiding principles outlined in the Act: a) Disaster management should be planned across the four phases – prevention, preparation, response and recovery. b) All events, whether natural or caused by human acts or omissions, should be managed in accordance with the Strategic Policy Framework, the State Plan and any disaster management guidelines.
c) Local governments should primarily be responsible for managing events in their local government area.
d) District Groups and the State Group should provide Local Governments with appropriate resources and support to help the Local Governments carry out disaster operations. A copy of the Disaster Management Strategic Policy Framework Nov 2010 is available from the Queensland Government Disaster Management website: www.disaster.qld.gov.au. 4.3 Queensland State Disaster Management Plan – principles of disaster management The State Plan identifies five main principles of disaster management which form the basis of Queensland’s Disaster Management Arrangements. The main principles support and build on the comprehensive and integrated approach adopted by the Australian Emergency Management Arrangements and the four guiding principles outlined in the Act.
The five main principles are: 1. Comprehensive approach (as set out in the Key Objectives at Item 3.2 of this Plan) 2. All hazards approach 3. All agencies approach 4. Local disaster management capability 5. A prepared, resilient community Further description of the principles can be found in the State Plan which is available from the Queensland Government Disaster Management website: www.disaster.qld.gov.au. The Local Plan is consistent with these principles.
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 15 4.4 Emergency Management Assurance Framework In accordance with S16C of the Act, the Inspector General Emergency Management has developed the Emergency Management Assurance Framework (EMAF) and Standard for disaster management in Queensland. This Plan is consistent with the EMAF Principles: 1. Leadership: leadership at all levels is demonstrated through a commitment to a shared culture of disaster management excellence. Strategic planning, within the context of resources and risk, underpins clear decision making and planning to achieve outcomes.
2. Public Safety: Queensland’s disaster management arrangements are delivered through effective disaster management groups where policy, procedure and practice all focus on safety of the public, engaging stakeholders and shared responsibility. 3. Partnership: Everyone has a role to ensure Queensland is the most disaster-resilient State. Strategic partnerships are well-governed, drive clear roles and responsibilities, and promote true collaboration.
4. Performance: Productivity and effectiveness are measured by a combination of quality, quantity, cost, time or human relationships. Performance is monitored and analysed against standards and good practice across the spectrum of prevent, prepare, respond and recovery. 4.5 Disaster management system in Queensland This diagram represents the disaster management framework in Queensland, which comprises local, district and state levels. 4.6 Local disaster management capability Local level capability is recognised as the frontline of disaster management. Section 4A (c) of the Act provides that Local Governments should primarily be responsible for managing events in their local government area.
This is achieved through the establishment of a Local Disaster Management Group (Local Group). S4 of the Act also provides that District Disaster Management Groups (District Groups) and the State Disaster Management Group (State Group) should provide local governments with appropriate resources and support to assist the Local Government carry out disaster operations.
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 16 This Plan details local disaster management arrangements for the Noosa Shire thereby enhancing local disaster management capacity in the local area. 4.7 Amendment register and version control This document is not to be substantially altered, amended or changed in any way other than those amendments issued by the Local Group. However, the Plan is intended to be a live document, open to suggested amendments, particularly from members of the Local Group. Proposals for amendment to this Plan should be made in writing to: Local Disaster Coordinator Noosa Local Disaster Management Group PO Box 141 Tewantin Qld 4565 With the exception of minor changes, typographical changes and changes to position titles, suggestions for amendments to the Plan will be submitted to the Local Group for discussion.
If an amendment is not supported a response will be provided to the submitter. Major amendments or updates to the Plan will be approved by Council.
4.8 Distribution list Position and Organisation Copy Type Method of Distribution Noosa Local Disaster Management Group Chair and Deputy Chair Hard copy Copies as required Noosa Local Disaster Coordinator Hard copy Copies as required Noosa Disaster Management Officer Hard copy Copies as required Noosa Local Disaster Management Group members and advisors Electronic copy Copy posted to the website Noosa Council Leadership Team Electronic copy Copy posted to the website Noosa Council Libraries Hard copy 1 copy per library 4.9 Review and renewal of the Plan A review of the Plan, in accordance with S59 of the Act, may be conducted by the LDC or delegate following: a) Activation of the plan as a result of a disaster b) Exercises designed to practise or test aspects of the Plan c) Alterations to the roles or responsibilities of any agency involved in the Plan d) Changes to operational procedures e) External disasters or new technology which may suggest a review be carried out f) Noosa Council organisational structure change g) An officer responsible for overseeing the Local Group leaving that position h) Following an assessment of the Plan by the Chief Executive Officer of QFES i) Following an assessment by the DDMG, DDC (or delegate) or IGEM.
The Plan will be reviewed annually if a review has not resulted from one of the items mentioned above.
Minor changes such as typographical changes, changes to position titles and contact details may be made to the plan from time to time by the LDC.
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 17 4.9.1 Arrangements for the review and assessment of the Plan The Plan is to be reviewed annually by a working group from the Local Group using the IGEM selfassessment online tool and submitted to the Local Group for acceptance and adoption. Where major changes to the plan have occurred the Plan will be submitted to the Council by the LDC for renewal. On adoption by the Local Group, the assessment will be submitted to IGEM by the date specified by that office.
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 18 5. Noosa Local Disaster Management Group 5.1 Establishment of the Noosa Local Group The Noosa Local Disaster Management Group (Local Group) was established by the Noosa Transfer Manager on 16 December 2013 under section 32 of the Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 4) 2013. The Local Group coordinates disaster operations within the area administered by the Noosa Council. 5.2 Functions of the Noosa Local Group In accordance with S30 of the Act, the Noosa Local Group has the following functions: a) To ensure that disaster management and disaster operations in the area are consistent with the State Group’s strategic policy framework for disaster management for the State; b) To develop effective disaster management, and regularly review and assess the disaster management; c) To help the local government for its area to prepare a local disaster management plan; d) To identify, and provide advice to the relevant district group about, support services required by the local group to facilitate disaster management and disaster operations in the area; e) To ensure the community is aware of ways of mitigating the adverse effects of an event, and preparing for, responding to and recovering from a disaster; f) To manage disaster operations in the area under policies and procedures decided by the State group; g) To provide reports and make recommendations to the relevant district group about matters relating to disaster operations; h) To identify, and coordinate the use of, resources that may be used for disaster operations in the area; i) To establish and review communications systems in the group, and with the relevant district group and other local groups in the disaster district of the relevant district group, for use when a disaster happens; j) To ensure information about a disaster in the area is promptly given to the relevant district group; k) To perform other functions given to the group under this Act; l) To perform a function incidental to a function mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (k).
5.3 Noosa Local Group annual priorities In addition to their legislative functions the Noosa Local Group will set annual priorities for action based on identified community need at the beginning of the financial year. There will be regular status reports on the progress of these priorities at the Local Group meetings. 5.4 Meetings of the Noosa Local Group The Local Group will meet four times each year with the meetings timed to take into account higher risk periods.
The Chair of the Local Group will ensure meetings are conducted in accordance with the Disaster Management Regulation 2014.
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 19 During disaster and emergency situations a Local Group extraordinary meeting may be called and be held either in person or via teleconference to consider and discuss the situation. For ordinary meetings of the Local Group a notice of meeting is to be sent by the secretariat at least three weeks, preferably four weeks, in advance of the meeting and an agenda will be sent one week prior to the meeting.
Notice of meeting and meeting agenda will be sent by email to members. Meeting minutes are to be prepared and sent as soon as practicable following the meeting.
For extraordinary meetings, notice of meeting may be communicated by SMS, email or telephone call to members as soon as it is determined that a meeting of the Local Group is required. Minutes of each meeting will be prepared and retained as required by legislation. Following each Local Group meeting contact lists for the Local Group and associated sub-groups shall be updated. The revised contact listing will be sent to Local Group members with the minutes of the meeting for member’s retention with the Local Plan.Details of Local Group members will be stored in accordance with the Privacy Act 2009 and Council’s privacy guidelines. 5.5 Sub-groups of the Local Group 5.5.1 Planning sub-groups The Local Group may form a sub-group to consider an aspect of the Local Group’s function and to develop planning documents. If the Local Group creates a sub-group, it will do so by resolution at a meeting and adopt a Charter for that sub-group. Local Group sub-groups may include, but not be limited to:
- Communities of interest
- Community awareness and education
- Community support
- Evacuation planning
- Information and communications technology
- Public health
- Public information and warnings
- Recovery Sub-groups described above would meet as often as required to enable the task that is being considered to be progressed and completed.
5.5.2 Local community sub-groups The Local Group may also work with local geographic community groups, business groups, and others, to prepare emergency and business continuity plans, so as to build community capacity and resilience. The Local Group may resolve to create a sub-group to develop local community plans. The subgroup may become a standing group or a group that exists only during the planning phase. If such a sub-group was created it would be by resolution of the Local Group and have a charter.
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 20 Sub-groups for local communities will meet as frequently as required by the risk profile of that local community.
5.6 Reporting requirements 5.6.1 Reporting by members Local group members are expected to report their agency’s disaster management activities to the Local Group at the Group’s meetings. This report will be circulated with the minutes of the Group’s meeting. 5.6.2 The Local Group reporting The Local Group will report its activities to: a) the Noosa Council in an annual report prepared by the Local Disaster Coordinator (or delegate). The report will outline the work of the disaster management system during the previous year and indicate how the Local Group’s work fulfilled the requirements of the Group as set out in the Act.
b) The DDC in a written disaster management status report presented annually at the end of the financial year. Additionally, a brief status report will be prepared by the LDC, on behalf of the Chair, for each ordinary meeting of the DDMG which includes information from the Chair, LDC and Local Group about activities undertaken and matters to be referred to the DDC. 5.7 Membership of the Local Group 5.7.1 Appointment of members The membership of the Local Group will be regularly reviewed by the Chair of the Local Group and the LDC. The DDC will then be advised of any changes to the membership of the Local Group as per the requirements ofS37 of the Act.
These details will be stored in accordance with the Privacy Act 2009 and Council’s privacy guidelines.
In appointing members of the Local Group, the Chair of the Local Group will seek representatives from those agencies and organisations in the Shire who: a) Have a key role in responding to disaster or emergency situations b) Manage key assets or c) Provide essential community services In addition to its members, the Local Group may seek the assistance of individuals or organisations as circumstances require. These persons sit as advisors to the Group. They will receive copies of the agendas and minutes and can attend and participate in meetings and discussions as required. They do not have voting rights on decisions.
5.7.2 Nomination by agencies of person to represent the member agency In accordance with Part 2 S9 of the Disaster Management Regulation 2014, Noosa Council may appoint a person as a member of the Local Group only if satisfied the person has the necessary expertise or experience to be a member. Agencies with membership of the Local Group must inform the Noosa Council in writing of their nomination for appointment or variation in the appointment of a member of staff to the Local Group,
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 21 and must provide information on that person’s disaster or emergency management expertise and experience.
The nomination will be considered by Noosa Council in accordance with the regulation and the agency advised accordingly. 5.7.3 Deputy / alternate members of the Local Group Members of the Local Group are to identify a deputy/alternate who is able to attend Local Group meetings or take on the duties of the member in their absence or unavailability. A person who is a deputy/alternative member should have the necessary expertise and experience to fulfil the role of member of the Local Group if required.5.7.4 Support for the Local Group The Noosa Council CEO will provide nominated Council officers to provide support to the Local Group as follows:
- Secretariat will provide day to day support to the Group through provision of meeting coordination and reporting requirements and monitoring of training requirements of Local Group members
- The Disaster Management Officer will provide strategic disaster management policy advice and oversee operational matters for the Local Group. These officers will maintain watch for events or situations which may have the potential to be a threat to the region and are a key point of contact between the region’s disaster management agencies.
5.8 Functions of the Chair of the Local Group Section 34A of the Act identifies that the Chairperson of a Local Group has the following functions: a) “To manage and coordinate the business of the group b) To ensure, as far as practicable, that the group performs its functions c) To report regularly to the relevant district group, and the chief executive of the department, about the performance by the local group of its functions.” 5.9 Functions of the Local Disaster Coordinator The Chair of the Local Group has appointed the Director Community Services as the Noosa LDC and the Waste Coordinator as Deputy LDC.
The Chair of the Local Group has appointed the Director Community Services as the Local Group’s member on the District Group. Section 36 of the Act states that the LDC has the following functions: a) “to coordinate disaster operations for the local group b) To report regularly to the local group about disaster operations c) To ensure, as far as practicable, that any strategic decisions of the local group about disaster operations are implemented.”
- Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 22 5.10 Noosa Local Group Membership and Responsibilities Noosa LDMG Membership as at September 2017 Role Position Responsibilities Chairperson Cr Tony Wellington
- To chair Local Group meetings and provide the primary link between the Local Group and Council
- Manage and coordinate the business of the Group, to ensure as far as practicable, that the Group performs its functions, to report regularly to the District Group, and the Chief Executive of the department, about the performance by the Local Group of its functions Deputy Chairperson Cr Joe Jurisevic
- Provide advice and support to the Chair and the Local Group
- Chair Local Group meetings in the absence of the Chair
- Provide a link between the Local Group and Council
- Participate in the issuing of public information and warnings
- Chair the Recovery Committee if required Local Disaster Coordinator Director Community Services
- Coordinate disaster operations for the Local Group, report regularly to the Local Group about disaster operations and to ensure, as far as practicable, that any strategic decisions of the Local Group about disaster operations are implemented
- Provide advice and support to the Chair and Local Group
- Activate the Plan and LDCC when required Deputy Local Disaster Coordinator Waste Coordinator
- Undertake the functions and responsibilities of the LDC in the LDC’s absence Local Recovery Coordinator Community Development Manager
- Coordinate recovery operations for the Local Group, report regularly to the Local Group about recovery operations and to ensure, as far as practicable, that any strategic decisions of the Local Group about recovery operations are implemented
- Provide advice and support to the Chair and Local Group
- Activate the Recovery Plan and Recovery Committee sub-group when required Australian Red Cross Emergency Services Coordinator Qld
- Liaison between the agency and the Local Group
- Responsibilities as identified in the Plan, particularly operational plans for community support, evacuation centre management and recovery Community Support Officer Environmental Health Coordinator
- Responsible for emergency community support and evacuation centre management during activation for response and recovery
- Represent the Local Group at the District Recovery Group Community Health Officer Waste & Environmental Health Manager
- Responsible for community health during activation for response and recovery.
- Queensland Fire & Emergency Zone Commander
- Liaison between the agency and the Local Group
- Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 23 Services (Fire & Rescue) Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (Emergency Management) Regional Emergency Management Coordinator
- Provide advice and support to the Chair and the LDC
- Liaison between the agency and the Local Group
- Link to and advise on the Qld Disaster Management system
- Assessment of the Plan Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service Senior Ranger
- Liaison between the agency and the Local Group Queensland Police Service Officer in Charge, Noosa Police Station
- Liaison between the agency and the Local Group State Emergency Service Noosa Local Controller
- Liaison between the SES and the Local Group Unitywater Planned Services Manager
- Liaison between the agency and the Local Group All members of the Local Group will nominate a Deputy to ensure continuity and full agency representation.
5.10.1 Responsibilities of Local Group members All members of agencies represented on the Local Group are expected to attend and be in a position to participate at Local Group meetings. Local Group members are tasked with involvement in the formulation of disaster management strategies and plans for the Noosa local government area through participation at Local Group meetings or through participation in a sub-group. It is expected that if unavailable, members would send their nominated deputy to a meeting of the Local Group 5.11 Noosa Local Group Advisors Noosa LDMG Advisors as at September 2017 Role Position Chair of Council’s Emergency Operations Team Civil Operations Manager, Noosa Council Coastguard Commander, Noosa Coastguard Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services Manager, Programs Support Department Transport & Main Roads Principal Project Officer Disaster Management Disaster Management & Special Projects Officer, Noosa Council District Disaster Management Group Executive Officer, DDMG Health Director Emergency Medicine, Noosa Hospital Information Technology Manager ICT, Noosa Council Local Media Editor, Noosa News Local Member Assistant Electorate Officer Media Liaison Community Engagement Manager, Noosa Council
Noosa Local Disaster Management Plan 2018 Page 24 Queensland Ambulance Service Officer in Charge, Noosa Station Rural Fire Group Officer, Noosa Seqwater Coordinator, Incident and Security Management Surf Life Saving Queensland Regional Manager Telstra Area Sales Manager Tourism Noosa General Manager WICEN Volunteer representative 5.12 Lead agencies for coordination of response to disaster events Risk *refer Disaster Risk Assessment table Lead agency responsible for coordination of response East coast low pressure system Noosa Council Severe thunderstorm, electrical storm Noosa Council Tropical cyclone Noosa Council Storm tide Noosa Council Flood Noosa Council Dam failure (1) SEQ Water (2) / Noosa Council Tornado Noosa Council Major earthquake Noosa Council Tsunami Noosa Council Landslide Noosa Council Prolonged drought Various state agencies responding to impacts Bushfire Queensland Fire & Emergency Services Major fire – urban / industrial Queensland Fire & Emergency Services Hazardous material accident (land transport corridor) Queensland Fire & Emergency Services Hazardous material accident (marine environment) Transport & Main Roads Major passenger transport accident (mass casualties) Queensland Fire & Emergency Services / Queensland Ambulance Service Major air transport accident Queensland Fire & Emergency Services / Queensland Police Service Pandemic Queensland Health Extreme high temperatures Queensland Health Exotic animal / plant disease Department of Agriculture & Fisheries Terrorism Queensland Police Service Cyber security incident Department Science, Information Technology & Innovation (State Government) Black swan (unpredictable, extreme events) Various depending on nature of event (1) Dam Failure is the term used to identify risk of flooding inundation as a result of failure of the dam infrastructure, downstream release or flood overflow.
- (2) Assessment of the Lake Macdonald Emergency Action Plan (Appendix 19) needs to be undertaken to further clarify responsibilities for response lead agency and role of Seqwater and Noosa Council. http://data.dnrm.qld.gov.au/eap/lake-macdonald-eap.pdf 5.13 State agency local emergency support functions Agency Emergency Support Function Department of Transport & Main Roads
- Transport systems
- Roads and transport recovery