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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Queenslanders set to ‘Get Ready’ for severe weather events over summer

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Monday, October 09, 2017

    Queenslanders set to ‘Get Ready’ for severe weather events over summer

    Queensland is in for a typical season of storms and cyclones, with an increased risk of bushfires and heatwaves but less prospect of severe flooding.

    The Bureau of Meteorology will today brief Queensland cabinet on the seasonal outlook for severe weather in the months ahead.

    “We’ve already seen flash flooding in Bundaberg and severe thunderstorms in the southeast,” said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

    “But much of our state remains in drought, with soil moisture levels especially low in the southern inland.”

    In a typical season like the one forecast for the months ahead, 10-13 cyclones would form in Australian waters, with around four of these crossing the coast – the first of them typically in late December.

    “As Cyclone Debbie showed us barely six months ago, it only takes one cyclone to cross the Queensland coast to put thousands of lives and homes in danger and cause billions of dollars of damage,” said the Premier.

    “That’s why it is so important for all Queenslanders to be aware of the risks of severe weather events, no matter where they live.”

    Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Jackie Trad said the increased risk of natural disasters over summer means it’s important to get ready.

    “This week is Get Ready week, a week that recognises that as Queenslanders, we can’t afford to be complacent about natural disasters,” Ms Trad said.

    “This is the week to think about your household’s ‘what if’ emergency plan – what would you take with you, where would you go.

    “I want to encourage everyone across the state to use this week to Get Ready – go online or get in touch with your local council to for ideas on how to be prepared this storm season.”

    Bureau of Meteorology Acting State Manager Queensland Victoria Dodds said severe weather season was well underway with a very active start to fire season.

    “Severe thunderstorms and flash-flooding are a common feature of the Queensland summer, as we have just seen in Bundaberg,” Ms Dodds said.

    “While the tropical cyclone outlook points to a typical season, as we saw earlier this year with Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie, one event can have a devastating effect on a number of communities.

    Get Ready Week is from 8 – 15 October. For fact sheets and ideas on how to get ready visit: https://getready.qld.gov.au/homepage/

     

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