« Back

Mayor Message - Be Prepared - Mayor Liz Schmidt


We often hear the messages of ‘Get Ready’ or ‘If It’s Flooded Forget It.’ However, for the majority of residents, storm season comes and goes without much impact. We get some heavy rain and the power may go out for a few hours and a few branches come down in the backyard.
Because of this, we become complacent. The important messages of being ready and well prepared are not heeded and are replaced with ‘we’ll be right’ or ‘it won’t happen to us’ attitudes.
What if something were to happen? Would you be ready? Would your family be prepared?
Our region has recently experienced an ongoing heatwave, storms which blew over trees, caused structural damage to buildings, power outages and flash flooding. Emergency crews had to perform two swift water rescues last week on Bluff Rd and at Southern Cross.
Now is the time to heed the messages – ‘Get Ready’ and ‘If It’s Flooded Forget It.’
Stay well clear of flood waters, even if you think your vehicle is capable of crossing flooded roads.
Secure loose items around your home, clean gutters, prepare a ‘What If’ plan and prepare an emergency kit.
An emergency kit should include:
  • a portable radio
  • a torch
  • spare batteries
  • first aid it
  • non-perishable food
  • sturdy gloves
  • waterproof bags
  • candles and matches
  • essential medications
  • copies of important documents (insurance details, birth certificates, prescription refills, etc)
  • special food and medication for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • a portable gas cooker in the event of long-term power outages
To find out more, visit getready.qld.gov.au or call Council on 4761 5300.
- Cr Liz Schmidt (Mayor)
Chair, Local Disaster Management Group
OGG 12 December 2018

Latest News Latest News

New flood gauge system installed

  Queensland’s recent flood event shows the importance of being prepared for any disaster.   To help the region be prepared for future flood events, Council has installed a new...

Councillor message - W4Q park upgrades - Cr Roma Bailey

Earlier this year Council was fortunate enough to receive $2.97M in funding from the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland (W4Q) initiative. The W4Q program supports regional Councils...

Augmented Reality opens on Towers Hill

  The new augmented reality (AR) experience ‘Towers Hill in WWII’ was officially launched this week by Mayor Liz Schmidt. The new app allows the user to experience a mixture of the...

Water allocation - Annual transfer period

Charters Towers Regional Council is encouraging residents to check their water usage for the 2018/2019 period and decide if they need to change water tariffs.   During the annual...

PUBLIC NOTICE - Water Allocation Transfer Period and Half Yearly Rates - Charters Towers

  The annual water allocation Transfer Period is now open for residents wishing to change water tariffs.   Residential property owners will have until Wednesday, 7 August 2019 to make...

PUBLIC NOTICE - Commencement of the Charters Towers Regional Town Plan

Notice is given in accordance with the Planning Act 2016 that Charters Towers Regional Council on Wednesday 17 July 2019 adopted the Charters Towers Regional Town Plan which will have effect on and...

Cutting-edge technology to return Towers Hill to WWII times

  Residents and visitors will soon be able to experience Towers Hill as it was in World War II by using new augmented reality (AR).   Augmented Reality allows the user to experience a...

PUBLIC NOTICE - Towers Hill - Temporary Closure - 11 July

Towers Hill — Temporary Closure — 11 July Towers Hill will be temporarily closed on Thursday 11 July from 8am until 1pm (approximately) for excavation works.   Road access and...

PUBLIC NOTICE - Deane and Jane Streets - Temporary Closure - 8 July 2019

Deane and Jane Streets — Temporary Closure — 8 July The intersection at Deane and Jane Streets will be temporarily closed from 8 July until further notice.   This temporary...

Waste Levy - No change to domestic waste fees

The Queensland Government’s new Waste Levy began this week (1 July 2019) for commercial waste which cannot be reused or recycled. The levy applies to construction and demolition waste,...