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As part of the annual cyclone season preparedness, Whitsunday Regional Council is urging residents to know what storm surge zone they live in ahead of this year’s wet season.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council now offers residents an interactive online storm surge mapping service.
“The interactive online storm surge maps provide a simple user-friendly way to access storm surge information within the Whitsunday Regional Council area more efficiently,” she said.
“The Whitsunday Regional Council is leading the way with this service, being the first Council in Australia to make these interactive online maps, developed by local company QIT Plus Pty Ltd, available to residents.”
The maps identify the six different storm surge zones and the bush fire prone areas within the Whitsunday region.
“The maps work similarly to any online mapping service where all residents need to do is type in their address and the map will show if their property is affected by any storm surge zones or whether it is in a bush fire prone area,” Mayor Whitney said
“Residents can also navigate around the maps, similar to Google maps or other mapping services, to look at the whole region and the impact of storm surge zones or bush fires on any area of the Whitsunday Regional Council,” she said.
“The online service is quick and user-friendly and can easily be accessed by the whole community during peak periods.”
Residents can visit the service online at http://whitsunday.ldmg.net.au/community/.
Council also keeps a physical set of Storm Surge Inundation Maps at the Bowen and Proserpine Customer Service Centres and on Council’s Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Information page Facebook page.