Under a contract from the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) ERSA has undertaken disaster risk assessments of four local governments in South East Queensland: Logan City, Gold Coast City, Scenic Rim Region and Lockyer Valley Region. All four studies were undertaken with the cooperation of the respective councils and their disaster management and other professional staff members.
The contract called for the risks posed by cyclones and severe storms, floods, landslides, bushfires and earthquakes, (together with storm tide and tsunami for Gold Coast) to be assessed. In addition, ERSA took the initiative to include an assessment of the risks posed by heatwaves, the most lethal of all natural hazards, in each local government area.
Since finalising all four studies, each of the councils assessed have experienced the impact of floods, landslides, bushfires and heatwave. ERSA’s reports (including a policy recommendations report to LGAQ), and the GIS data that accompanied them, provided local disaster managers with an excellent foundation upon which to revise and update their local disaster management plans, and to respond to the impact of these recent events.