Local councils do well on frontline of natural disasters

THE performances of local councils thrust into the frontline to defend their communities from the ravages of recent floods and cyclones have been given a big tick of approval from their communities.

A Local Government Association of Queensland survey found that more than 65% of people surveyed who had endured a natural disaster event rated the performance of their council in managing the disaster as either "excellent" or "good".

The survey found overwhelming support across the state for the way local councils managed recent disasters which was a big improvement on the findings of earlier surveys.

LGAQ President Margaret de Wit said the findings showed councils deserved praise for the way they helped communities respond to disasters.

"There is now no doubt that local councils are best placed to take the lead and respond efficiently and effectively to disasters affecting their communities,'' she said

Local governments across Queensland have been hit hard by an unprecedented spate of flooding and cyclone events in recent years, prompting major reviews of the way authorities go about managing disasters.

The survey found nearly 75% of people supported the notion that tougher rules were needed to govern rebuilding in flood affected and cyclone prone areas.



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