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Forfeit or Play on? Australia Day and Natural Disasters.

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  1. 1. FORFEIT OR PLAY ON: AUSTRALIA DAY AND NATURAL DISASTERS Amy Cupitt, Director, Events Coordination Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  2. 2. <ul><ul><li>Australia Day 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The floods! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How we responded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lessons learnt </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Queensland Australian of the Year Awards Regional Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>Queensland’s Day Out Community Cabinet </li></ul><ul><li>Premier’s Seniors Christmas Concerts Queensland </li></ul><ul><li>Premier’s Literary Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Government Pavilion at the Brisbane Show Multifaith ceremonies </li></ul><ul><li>Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public </li></ul><ul><li>Sector Management DPC Achievement Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Australia Day Queensland Reconciliation Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship Ceremonies Queensland Week </li></ul><ul><li>Queensland Greats Awards Building Revival Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Queensland Disaster Heroes program </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Australia Day 2011: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Australia Day lunch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Australia Day Multi faith ceremony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Australia Day flag raising ceremony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Australia Day festival </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Australia Day AusSounds Concert </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Australia Day Ambassadors Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visions of Australia project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Australia Day regional program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Australia Day thank you function </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. SUMMER TIMELINE December – torrential rains and flooding damage crops and close a coal mine. Six people die. 25 December – Tropical Cyclone Tasha makes landfall near Cairns in the early hours of Christmas Day, bringing rainfall of six to 10 inches. 28 December – disaster declared in several southern Queensland towns, where flooding prompts mass evacuations. 30 December – the town of Bundaberg experiences its worst flooding in decades, with 300 homes inundated. 2 January – floods affect 22 towns as the crisis reaches ‘biblical’ proportions. 3 January – residents of Rockhampton flee their homes as the city of 75 000 is almost entirely cut off by rising flood waters.
  6. 7. TIMELINE CONTINUED… 10 January – flash floods smash the mountainside town of Toowoomba and surrounding areas. 11 January – flood threat to Brisbane worsens,as volumes of water far exceeding catastrophic 1974 flow towards the city 13 January – Brisbane River peaks at 4.46m, lower than expected.
  7. 8. YouTube - QLD Flood Tribute SOO1
  8. 25. <ul><li>Lessons learnt </li></ul><ul><li>Natural disasters are unpredictable. </li></ul><ul><li>Good planning, systems and processes. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the communication channels flowing. </li></ul><ul><li>Your contacts will be your saviour! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not just about you and your event. </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships, relationships, relationships! </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the top to ensure you get the right answer the first time. </li></ul>
  9. 27. <ul><li>Lessons learnt </li></ul><ul><li>Natural disasters are unpredictable. </li></ul><ul><li>Good planning, systems and processes. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the communication channels flowing. </li></ul><ul><li>Your contacts will be your saviour! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not just about you and your event. </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships, relationships, relationships! </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the top to ensure you get the right answer the first time. </li></ul>

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