Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Joint Emergency Management Role for CODC & QLDC

Joint Emergency Management Role for CODC & QLDC

Neighbouring councils Queenstown Lakes District and Central Otago District have joined forces to appoint a joint Emergency Management Officer for the first time.

“We both had vacancies at the same time so it made sense to use this opportunity to create a shared, dedicated role in emergency management,” QLDC Chief Executive Adam Feeley said.

“This is a critical role in terms of our community preparedness and to be able to deliver that in a way that also provides best value to our collective communities is an entirely positive outcome,” CODC Chief Executive Phil Melhopt said.

Both Chief Executives said that the joint appointment would strengthen the relationship between the two Councils. Trevor Andrews will step into the position from 28 October 2014.

Mr Andrews is currently employed by the Northland Regional Council as an emergency management officer and group controller. He comes from a Fire Service background in New Zealand and Australia, where he has held senior command and management roles. His experience includes major emergencies such as the 2010 Christchurch earthquake; the 2011 Murray River floods; the aftermath of the Black Saturday Fires in Victoria; the grounding of the container ship Rena in Tauranga in 2011; and the storms and floods in Northland this year.

Trevor Andrews’ particular areas of expertise and experience are in incident command, but he also knows the importance of ensuring communities are well prepared with local plans in place if disaster strikes.

He says that Councils and emergency managers need to recognise the expectation and immediate demand for information during any incident. “There is an expectation within our communities and from the media for information to be readily available and up-to-date. Modern technology such as smart phones, iPads and the use of social media means emergency management organisations need to be particularly savvy in providing information during emergencies.”

Mr Andrews says he is looking forward to building on the work carried out by his predecessors who have undertaken significant analysis and strategic planning into Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago Districts’ unique and challenging hazardscape. He is also very aware of the importance of working alongside the business, commercial, tourism and agricultural sectors in the region to support the wider area’s reputation as a fun and safe destination.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding “No.” Political debates have little effect on voter behaviour, let alone on election outcomes. Crucially, the limited effect they do have does not involve a change in voters’ policy preferences... More>>

 

National Agriculture Policy: Will Restore Farmer Confidence And Pride

A National Government will reduce regulatory burden and give farmers confidence for the future. Leader of the National Party Judith Collins and Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett announced National’s Agriculture policy in Gisborne today. “Agriculture ... More>>

ALSO:

Shaw: Wealth Tax Not A Bottom Line For Green Party But They Will Push For It

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says one of his senior MPs misspoke under pressure when she said a wealth tax was one of the party's bottom lines. More>>

ALSO:

Government: More Border Exceptions For Critical Roles

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s ... More>>

ALSO:

PM: Auckland At Bolstered Level 2, Rest Of Country Provisionally At Level 1

Pandemic alert levels for the whole country have been reviewed by Cabinet and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is announcing whether restrictions will be eased. More>>

ALSO:

Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More>>

Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>

ALSO:

NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>

Election: Arriving Travellers In Isolation To Be Able To Vote By Telephone

Up to 5,000 people in managed isolation or quarantine will be able to vote by telephone in the general election and referendums after an amendment to electoral regulations last week. Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright says the Electoral Commission sought ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels