If you were at the recent General Meeting, it was asked whether we have a fire emergency escape plan for Twin Waters, and we followed this up with our local Council and State Government Representatives. Below are their replies:
Cr O’Pray’s office:
“Officers in our Disaster Management team are continuously working on the Maroochy River Flood Emergency Management Plan (FEMP) which outlines escape routes specific to Twin Waters. The document is not yet available to the public in it’s draft form and is on track to be finalised in early-mid 2024.”
Of course that appears to address flood management not fire management so we are following up a response regarding fire risk.
Fiona Simpson’s office have responded:
“Fiona has spoken with Rural Firies and with the QFES and they are happy to send someone to brief the association about management of local bushland.
However, regarding evacuation plans, they don’t tend to promote these ahead of emergencies, as these depend on the circumstances and the emergency services will advise people as to required action for evacuation at the time.”
I will ask Council and Fiona’s office to liaise with one another regarding briefing the association about management of local bushland, as I would imagine management is something that should be undertaken by the Council or State, not residents.
On a different topic regarding mosquitos and midge Council advise:
“Regarding the midge and mosquito spraying, officer have advised that the tidal areas adjacent to Twin Waters continue to be surveyed weekly for mosquito larval activity. This ensures Council is treating saltmarsh mosquito areas proactively when required with the larvicide products to minimise the potential large infestations during the Summer period. Saltwater breeding mosquitoes are the most abundant along the coast and fly the furthest in large numbers so are the primary target for the Council program.
All coastal areas are now feeling an increase in freshwater breeding mosquito activity with localised rainfall totals leaving small amounts of pooling water across the broader landscape. During the warmer seasons it is important residents continue to clean out gutters and blocked drains, remove old palm fronds, rubbish and water holding vessels from around the home and also work in conjunction with neighbours who may not be physically able to do so. Also consider repellents and long sleeve clothing when outside at dusk when mosquito and midge activity is at its greatest for 1-2 hours each day.
An important point to note is Council does not undertake any midge specific treatments in public areas as they fortunately do not transmit diseases unlike mosquitoes, despite their relatively intense bites. Itis typical for biting midge to increase in early Spring and again mid Summer for 3-4 weeks at a time with the tidal and coastal areas such as Twin Waters, Bli Bli, Cotton Tree, Currimundi and Golden Beach being their natural habitat. Their flight range is only small so residents closer to the tidal areas are typically affected the most.”
We will keep you updated with response to the fire emergency plan when received from our Council and State government representatives.