Mal Churchill left about four weeks ago.
Mal Churchill left about four weeks ago.

Council rush for disaster expert

BUNDABERG Regional Council is rushing to fill the vacant disaster management officer position ahead of the traditional summer natural disaster season.

The job was left vacant after Mal Churchill left about four weeks ago for the same position with the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

It is believed he took the new job as it is closer to his home in Maryborough.

The role entails co-ordinating the local disaster management team's response.

Bundaberg Regional Council CEO Peter Byrne was acting as the interim local disaster co-ordinator with the help of John Clerke, who is an experienced member of the Local Disaster Management Committee.

Mr Byrne said the application process had already closed for the job.

"We will be interviewing candidates in the next week to 10 days," he said.

Mr Byrne said it was hoped the position would be filled as soon as possible but that it might not be until the new year.

He said there were no concerns having the position vacant heading into the notorious storm season.

"All our disaster plans are locked in," Mr Byrne said.

Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey said he was worried the delay would mean the region would not get the best person for the job as a number of other councils were also recruiting for the same position.

"We are not going to get the cream of the cream," he said.

"It means we might not be getting the most experienced person."

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