A Disaster Preparedness exercise was held last month at the Pavilion in Gympie.A Disaster Preparedness exercise was held last month at the Pavilion in Gympie.

Exercise Pacific Fire was a joint exercise between Gympie Regional Council, Noosa Council and Maritime Safety Queensland.

The scenario for the exercise involved an ex-tropical cyclone crossing the Queensland coast, south of Fraser Island, causing high rainfalls to impact the region. Rough seas also caused a container ship travelling south to lose shipping containers that pierced a fuel tank resulting in 20 tonnes of heavy fuel oil to spill in the area of Double Island Point. The ship then runs aground in the vicinity of Teerwah Beach.

These exercises provide the opportunity to experience potential real life scenarios and help to prepare those involved to respond effectively in an emergency.

The event was well attended and included Cooloola Coast representatives from CCCLDMSG, Qld Parks and Wildlife and Rainbow Recovery, Repairs and Service.

If you would like information about how to personally  prepare for an emergency or potential hazards that may impact your community, call CCCLDMSG Chairman Terry Steele on 54864483 or visit our information stand at the Cooloola Cove monthly markets.

The Cooloola Coast Community Local Disaster Management Support Group meets quarterly at the Cooloola Cove Veteran and Community Hall.

Our next meeting is on September 3, 2019 and all are welcome to attend.

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