Cyclone Debbie as it moves across the Coral Sea over the North Queensland coast.
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Major review to reveal how TC Debbie was managed

A MAJOR review has been ordered into how Queensland disaster management groups responded to Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan announced on Sunday he had tasked the Inspector-General of Emergency Management Iain MacKenzie with "ensuring lessons were learned" from the natural disaster that hit the Whitsunday and Mackay regions the worst.

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"...It is imperative the disaster management system and its components are reviewed and analysed thoroughly and robustly, particularly after large scale events such as Tropical Cyclone Debbie," Mr Ryan said.

The review will focus on three key impacts of TC Debbie including direct cyclone impact, rapid on-set weather conditions after the cyclone's coastal crossing and the slow on-set flooding in the Rockhampton region.

 

Cyclone coverage Alan and Beverley Creber at their home thtas Flooding in North Eton near Mackay. Pic Annette Dew
Cyclone coverage Alan and Beverley Creber at their home thtas Flooding in North Eton near Mackay. Pic Annette Dew Annette Dew

Mr Ryan said he had asked for the review to begin as soon as possible and for findings to be considered and implemented before the 2017/18 severe weather season.

Mr MacKenzie said he had had begun contacting local disaster management groups, district disaster management groups, council and agency representatives to commence the review.

A market research firm will be engaged to undertake "a major and statically valid telephone survey" of 900 residents to collect public opinion in each of the three key districts.

"The Queensland Government has a clear commitment and priority to providing the best possible response and integrated government services and encouraging safer and inclusive communities," Mr MacKenzie said.

"I am convinced the results of this review will provide another valuable avenue to assess and enhance disaster management arrangements in Queensland."

This latest review comes after the Mercury revealed that State Water Minister Mark Bailey had called on Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Suzanne Miller to launch an independent assessment into the operation of Kinchant Dam and warning systems for communities downstream.

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