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Newman says better communication essential

By William Rollo, Tuesday February 5, 2013 - 13:58 EDT
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Campbell Newman addresses Gladstone Regional Council this morning. - ABC

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

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