Disaster coordination

City of Gold Coast in conjunction with partner agencies and organisations coordinates activities during a disaster event to minimise loss of human life, illness and injury to humans, property loss or damage, and damage to the environment. This is achieved through strategic decision making by the Local Disaster Management Group and operational activities coordinated by the Local Disaster Coordination Centre.

Recovering from a disaster event can be a complex and lengthy process, with local government providing essential support to the community-led process. Community-led recovery underpinned by support from community groups, non-government organisations, businesses and all levels of government can achieve rapid restoration and support resilience building. This is achieved through assessment, planning and coordination conducted by the Local Recovery Group.

Local Disaster Management Plan

Bringing together all key emergency bodies under one guiding document, our Disaster Management Plan for the Gold Coast:

  • identifies the major hazards facing our city
  • details steps to prevent, prepare for and limit the impact of potential disasters
  • promotes community safety through public awareness and education
  • coordinates the emergency response including SES, fire, police and ambulance services
  • provides a support network to help our community recover and rebuild immediately after a disaster.
  • coordinates recovery through agreements with non-governmental organisations.

Local Disaster Management Group

The City of Gold Coast Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is a committee whose membership consists of representatives with the necessary expertise or experience and delegated authority to assist with a comprehensive, all hazards, all agencies approach to disaster management.

It is the peak body for coordinating the response and recovery for the impacts caused by disaster events and disasters that affect our community.

Membership includes:

  • Chairperson – Mayor, City of Gold Coast
  • Deputy Chairperson – Deputy Mayor, City of Gold Coast
  • Local Disaster Coordinator – Director Lifestyle and Community, City of Gold Coast
  • key personnel from Council's Disaster Management Unit and Infrastructure directorate
  • member agencies, including representatives from Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Police and State Emergency Service.

Our LDMG is part of Queensland's broader disaster management process. This enables a progressive escalation of support at a local, district and State level as required.

Disaster and Emergency Management Unit

The Disaster and Emergency Management Unit (DEMU) is responsible for ensuring that the City of Gold Coast has effective disaster management arrangements to enable the City to mitigate, prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disaster events.

The DEMU provides critical support to the Gold Coast Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG). This is achieved by working collaboratively with emergency services and other crucial partners to manage community impacts from disaster events.

The DEMU also enables the operation of Council's Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) by maintaining high levels of readiness, coordinating and conducting disaster management training, implementing training exercises and maintain the technology and support systems.

For more information visit our Emergencies, disasters & outages page.