QRA develops disaster planning tool for councils

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 07 July, 2020

QRA develops disaster planning tool for councils

The Queensland Government has launched a web-based mapping tool designed to help local councils prepare for natural disasters by identifying the most likely and costly sites at risk.

The Repeat Events and Dollars Index (REDI) has been developed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).

The free interactive tool has been built to help Queensland councils make more informed infrastructure investment decisions.

The app provides easy access to nearly 10 years of geocoded damage data across approximately 600,000 locations for more than 22,000 assets across Queensland’s 77 local government areas.

This data is represented through a heat map that aims to allow councils to identify infrastructure that’s particularly vulnerable to damage from disaster events.

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick, the minister responsible for the QRA, said the application will give councils a clear picture of where they should allocate their budgets to strengthen resilience and maximise recovery.

“Infrastructure investment is a critical element of the COVID economic recovery plan our government is delivering — Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs,” he said.

“Whether Queensland is facing natural disasters like bushfires, cyclones and floods, or health disasters such as COVID-19, we need to make sure the infrastructure built protects our cities and towns. And right now, with the global economy in a dire state, investing in the right projects is paramount.”

Dick said the government expects the app to help meet one of the key goals of the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience — making sure Queenslanders understand their disaster risk.

“The REDI application is designed for ease of use and will help councils identify priority works and make informed decisions when it comes investing in stronger and more resilient infrastructure,” he said.

“I commend the QRA on its innovative solution and encourage all councils to use this technology.”

Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/Matt Palmer

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