Scenes from the front line of the fire and the devastation caused, taken above Sarabah at Tabletop in the Scenic Rim, on Monday, Sept 9, 2019. Picture: Kirstin Payne
Scenes from the front line of the fire and the devastation caused, taken above Sarabah at Tabletop in the Scenic Rim, on Monday, Sept 9, 2019. Picture: Kirstin Payne

Disaster group activated four times in vacation destination: Report

As the self proclaimed “richest place on Earth in Australia”, the Scenic Rim has transformed itself, with the help of Tourism Queensland, into a holiday and tourism hub, but the region has faced an overwhelming set of challenges in the last 12 months.

Their 2019/20 annual report, released this week, revealed the Scenic Rim Local Disaster Management Group was activated four times for separate crises during the year – drought, fire, floods, and COVID-19.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the report reflected an “unprecedented” year but was a testament to the resilience of the region.

A scene from a burnt out lodge in the Scenic Rim following the 2019 bush fires. Pic: Adam Head
A scene from a burnt out lodge in the Scenic Rim following the 2019 bush fires. Pic: Adam Head

Chief Executive Officer Jon Gibbons praised the work of council and the community.

“Long gone are the days when Councils only delivered roads, rates and rubbish,” he said.

“This report shows the vast number of activities that were specifically undertaken this year, and none of this could be achieved without our employees … It’s been a tough year for the region with drought, bushfires and COVID-19, and while we’ve had challenges, I am so pleased our communities and our employees have stayed safe during the pandemic.

“There’s a lot for everyone to be proud of.”

In the time during the pandemic, the local disaster management group moved to ‘stand up’ status on Machr 23 and agencies were activated to support the community.

The group returned to a ‘lean forward’ status on May 8.

In that time they also released two stimulus packages to boost the economy.

Originally published as Disaster group activated four times in vacation destination: Report


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