New initiative for a ready and resilient Queensland

Get Ready Queensland

Queensland will become Australia’s most resilient state through an initiative aimed at not only preparing for disasters, but ensuring life gets back to normal as quickly as possible.

Announcing a new Get Ready Queensland campaign today, Premier Campbell Newman said the initiative will harness the skills, knowledge and tenacity of individuals, businesses, councils, not-for-profit organisations and community groups, ensuring the whole community plays their part in preparing for disasters.

“Queensland is a great state with a great climate and lifestyle but we all know that part of living in Queensland means from time to time we have to deal with floods, cyclones, severe storms and bushfires,” Mr Newman said.

“We have responded to past disasters with a high level of resilience but our traditional response needs to evolve.

“We need to stop spending billions of dollars rebuilding everything after a disaster and adopt a more proactive approach that ensures we are not only well prepared for severe weather events, but that we take steps to minimise their effects so we can bounce back quickly.”

Mr Newman said everyone had a role to play in the new initiative.

“This is not about the government telling people what to do,” he said.

“Being disaster resilient means different things to different communities. This is about knowing your own local risks, anticipating what sorts of things could happen in your local area, and making a plan for what you and your family will do if it happens.

“In the end, it’s really up to each individual to play their part to make sure they are ready to cope with whatever nature throws at us.

“Our police and emergency services are among the best in the world when it comes to disaster management, but it will take a collective effort from all of us to develop the sort of resilience we need to keep our community safe and our economy strong in the long term.

“Businesses, community groups, sports clubs and not-for-profit organisations all have a really important role to play helping their own members and staff to get better prepared and to develop their own emergency plans.”

Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey said the initiative would include a new communications campaign aimed at encouraging people to build their own resilience ‘step-by-step’, as well as a funding program to help councils deliver local resilience-building events during a statewide week of activities from October 14 to 20, 2013.

“We’ll be encouraging everyone to get involved in October and do something to get themselves, their families, neighbours, businesses, clubs or community groups, prepared and ready for the summer wet season,” Mr Dempsey said.

“This will include $2 million in funding for local councils to run their own community events promoting the Get Ready message.

“This is just the first step in a multi-year initiative that will see us become the most disaster resilient state in Australia.

“It will take a collective effort from all of us to make that happen, but teamwork, tenacity and toughness are hallmarks of the Queensland character and I’m confident we can do it.

Bunning’s is one of many corporate partners supporting the Get Ready Queensland campaign and will be providing advice to customers about the items they should have in their emergency kit.

Bunning’s Chief Operating Officer, Peter Davis, said Bunning’s team members are prepared for the storm season and are encouraging local families to also have a plan in place.

“Having all the vital items is key. Bunning’s team members can provide practical advice on how to prepare for storms, and all of our Queensland stores will be supporting Get Ready QLD Week from the 14th to 20th October,” he said.

“This will be supported through in-store product displays of emergency supplies, as well as brochures and checklists to assist with preparation. All Bunning’s stores work closely with local authorities to ensure we are prepared to support the community should it be needed.”

Media Release: Premier The Honourable Campbell Newman and Minister for Police and Community Safety The Honourable Jack Dempsey, Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Media Contacts: Alexandra Foley 0418 256 910 or Danny Donald 0439 719 116