Local Disaster Management Plan and Strategies

The Queensland Disaster Management Arrangements are based upon partnerships between local and State governments. These partnerships recognise that each level of the disaster management arrangements must not only work collaboratively but in unison to ensure the effective coordination of planning, services, information and resources necessary for comprehensive disaster management.

Rockhampton Regional Council is committed to ensuring our Region is prepared for any disaster.  The Local Disaster Management Plan is prepared in accordance with the Disaster Management Act 2003

The Local Disaster Management Group is responsible for developing and implementing the Local Disaster Management Plan to manage disaster operations in the area.  This includes the planning, organisation, coordination and implementation of all measures to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters within the Rockhampton Region.

Whilst the Rockhampton Regional Council Local Disaster Management Group and relevant emergency services will do all they can to assist the community in times of disaster, it should be remembered that individuals are ultimately responsible for their own safety and need to be aware of the hazards that could affect their community. Community engagement and education activities aim to support the community to build individual resilience and be able to take action to Get Ready, Respond and Recover.

Local Disaster Management Plan

Rockhampton-Regional-Council-Local-Disaster-Management-Plan(PDF, 8MB)

1 - Evacuation-Sub-Plan-2016(PDF, 2MB)
2 - Communication-Sub-Plan 2016(PDF, 2MB)  
3 - Cyclone-East-Coast-Low-and-Severe-Storm-Threat-Specific-Sub-Plan-2016(PDF, 3MB)
4 - Fitzroy-River-Flood-Threat-Specific-Sub-Plan-2016(PDF, 4MB)
5 - Environment-and-Public-Health-Sub-Plan-2016(PDF, 2MB)
6 - Local-Disaster-Coordination-Centre-Sub-Plan-2016(PDF, 2MB)
7 - Recovery-Sub-Plan-2016(PDF, 2MB)
8 - Activation-LDMG-Sub-Plan-2016(PDF, 1MB)
10 - Financial-Management-Sub-Plan-2016(PDF, 1MB)
16 - Evacuation-Centre-Management-Sub-Plan-2016(PDF, 1MB)
18 - Bushfire-Sub-Plan-2016(PDF, 2MB)
20 - Emergency-Animal-Disease-Sub-Plan-2016(PDF, 1MB)
21-  Influenza-Pandemic-Sub-Plan-2016(PDF, 1MB)

All referable dams must have an approved emergency action plan (EAP) in place. An emergency action plan (EAP) is required to minimise the risk of harm to persons or property if a referable dam were to fail. Find out more information about Referable Dams in the Rockhampton Region here.

Rockhampton Region Emergency Risk Management Assessment 

In our Region we are all too familiar with the impact of natural disasters.

No natural disaster is ever the same as its predecessor, and recent times have shown that the risks facing our community are changing faster than ever. In order to mitigate and prepare for these changing risks we need to understand them.

The pages that follow in the Emergency Risk Management Assessment 2021(PDF, 56MB) contain a clear and up to date assessment of the natural hazards that could impact our community. They detail how exposed we are and the strengths and mitigation strategies that we already have in place.

Importantly, this document shows that those events we typically see as a threat to our community – such as cyclones and flooding – may not be the threats that pose the greatest risks moving forward.

Already over the past few years we have seen an increase in the severity and frequency of bushfires, something we haven’t often faced historically, and over the next few years these events are likely to become even more extreme and complex.

As we adapt to new threats, it is more essential than ever that we look to understand precisely the risks we’re facing, and what we need to do to prepare. This risk assessment will inform the actions taken at Council as well as by the Rockhampton Region Local Disaster Management Group and emergency services organisations across our Region.

Everyone in our community is encouraged to take this information into consideration as they prepare their own households for the risks they may face.

Bushfire Strategy

Bushfires are the greatest natural threat facing our region, and we need to work together to ensure that our community is prepared.

We have seen the nature of bushfires change over the last two decades, becoming more frequent and more dangerous. According to the Rockhampton Region Emergency Risk Management Assessment, it is likely that one will occur each year in our community. The words ‘bushfire season’ carry more certainty than they used to, and, if the current trend continues this is a threat that is only going to intensify.

This document looks back on our history, examines our risk, and highlights those communities which are particularly vulnerable. It provides an outline of the nine pathways identified in the Bushfire Management Strategy, mapping the options we can take moving forward through prevention and preparedness to response and recovery. It also outlines the actions we can begin to implement immediately. This body of work is a huge step forward in protecting our community, and ensuring we’re all ready when bushfires do occur.

Read Council's Bushfire Management Plan(PDF, 17MB) here.

Flood Strategy, Studies and Maps

Council aims to improve the community's flood resilience through building its understanding of flood behaviour and associated risks. Flood studies and information about flood mitigation activities can be found here.