Newman says better communication essentialBy William Rollo, Tuesday February 5, 2013 - 13:58 EDT
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says it is unacceptable for communities to be cut off during natural disasters.
At the height of the flood crisis last weekend, several towns south of Gladstone in central Queensland were unable to communicate with emergency services.
Mr Newman visited Gladstone this morning.
He told members of Gladstone Regional Council that improving communications infrastructure will be a focus of reconstruction works.
"The roads were cut, the communications were cut, that's what I'm talking about now - about how we can in the future try and ensure that we have communications that are there for emergencies," he said.
"That we try and ensure that roads aren't cut isolating people in that way ... we're not going to just accept that as the way it should happen in the future."
© ABC 2013
More breaking news
Tropical cyclone could form near Solomon Islands this week but poses no threat to Queensland, BoM says
Queensland forecasters monitoring a low near the Solomon Islands that could become a tropical cyclone later this week say it is unlikely to threaten the state.
Grantham floods inquiry: Concerns raised about quarry wall years before 2011 flood, commission hears
The Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry has been shown graphic vision of the Lockyer Creek breaking its banks upstream from the Grantham quarry during the deadly 2011 disaster.
For many across New South Wales, July has been a cold month and for the younger generation, many won't be able to remember a month so cold.