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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Indigenous community of Cherbourg hosts disaster awareness day

Date posted: 16 November 2012

The Indigenous community of Cherbourg in Queensland recently hosted a disaster awareness event to share lessons learned from the 2011 floods.

Cherbourg was one of the most impacted towns in the South Burnett during the floods, when it was completely cut off by floodwaters flowing through Barambah Creek.

Food supplies were ferried to the Indigenous community, with local infrastructure and houses badly damaged.

The 'Get Ready Cherbourg' event held last Friday (9 November 2012) raised awareness about disaster preparedness through fun emergency management activities. 

Activities were conducted by Volunteers Queensland, Emergency Management Queensland, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and the Queensland Ambulance Service.

Features of the event included:

A disaster preparedness education campaign will also be devised and aired through the Us Mob radio station and other media.

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor, Ken Bone, said the event and campaign were funded by a grant from the Queensland Department of Local Government.

'The funds are being used to bring the community together to reflect on the flooding events as well as build the capacity and resilience of Cherbourg residents to cope with future natural disasters,' Mr Bone said.

'We also want to acknowledge the support provided by the surrounding towns as well as police, emergency and rescue services and thank them for the support they gave us during what was a difficult time for all the people of Cherbourg.'

Source: ABC;


Last updated: 16 November 2012
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