Moreton Bay Evacuation Centres: Improvements and Ideas

Project Info

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Team Name

Moreton Bay Climate Change Resistance Group

Team Members

Alina and 1 other member with an unpublished profile.

Project Description

Severe flooding events represent significant social and economic losses to coastal communities. Climate change has the potential to exacerbate these impacts. Local government authorities such as the Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) have undertaken hydrological investigations and prepared disaster dashboards and management plans to ensure community readiness.

In particular, evacuation centres and places of refuge must be able to meet community demands when they are needed. Here, we address two potential issues relating to evacuation centres and places of refuge managed by the MBRC:

(1) Is the current network of evacuation centres and places of refuge adequate for providing shelter to flood-prone suburbs?
(2) What additional information can be shared with the community to better inform accessibility at these evacuation centres and places of refuge to close the gap?

#climate change #floods #accessivility

Data Story


To address the first question, we mapped.
(1) the location of the evacuation centres/places of refuge; and
(2) overlaid it with the modelled extent of flooding.

This determined areas and suburbs that might be prone to flooding but do not have a local evacuation centre. For example, the Council might be interested in investigating whether an evacuation centre is required in the northern region of Moreton Bay, where residential dwellings are near Glass Mountain Creek and Elimbah Creek.

While not shown in this prototype, additional dataset can also be used to identify and more importantly, prioritise areas of concern, including:
(3) topographic and slope data;
(4) road network data (to assess whether routes to evacuation centres might be blocked during flood events);
(5) population density and demographic data from the ABS (i.e., for areas with higher numbers of people with disability or requiring assistance during emergencies); and
(6) flood modelling data, re-run using future climate projections (i.e., up to 2100), which the Council might be required by state planning policies to consider.

Cost connectivity and proximity analysis can be used in ArcMap to undertake these analyses.

To address the second question, we suggested improvements to the Moreton Bay Disaster Dashboard to improve community readiness for flood emergencies by:
(7) using the Moreton Bay Regional Council’s website to obtain data on evacuation centres, including information on venue capacity and accessibility equipment (i.e., for people with mobility issues)[]; and
(8) using the Telstra payphone finder to identify free payphones near these evacuation centres [].

Evidence of Work



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Team DataSets

Telstra payphone locations

Description of Use This layer can be used to show the community where they can go in case of a power outage to can call for help,

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Description of Use This layer can be used for te analysis which will indicate which evacuation routes have a lower slope, to be recommended for people with reduced mobility during a flood event. This was not included in the prototype.

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City of Moreton Bay - Halls and meeting rooms

Description of Use This webpage is used to collect information on evacuation centres from the Moreton Bay Regional Council, including data on accessible/mobility equipment present at these locations.

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Population density / assistance required for core activities

Description of Use This layer can be used to identify locations where a higher percentage of people that have restricted mobility and are at most risk during a flood to be isolated. This was not included in the prototype.

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Moreton Bay shape file

Description of Use This shapefile can be used to delimit the spatial analysis to Moreton Bay region

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Description of Use This layer can use to identify which routes that can be at risk of flood which will allow identifying locations that may need evacuation/refuge centres and payphones. This was not included in the prototype.

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Moreton Bay Regional Council - Places of Refuge (Open)

Description of Use This shapefile can be used to identify the location of Places of Refuge in Moreton Bay Region

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Moreton Bay Regional Council - Evacuation Centres (Open)

Description of Use This shapefile can be use to ideantify the locations of evacuation centres

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Flood Hazard Overlay

Description of Use The layer can be used to can see which areas in Moreton Bay Region are at risk of flood and which areas will be isolated.

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Challenge Entries

Getting out and about in WA... with a disability

How can we use data to uncover what events, local spaces, activities, and communities within WA are available to people with disabilities?

Eligibility: Any data provided by at least one WA council + one other suitable dataset; examples could be - state govt (any state), your local government (can be outside of WA), an activity promotional platforms (like What's On xxx, Scoop, Time Out).

Go to Challenge | 6 teams have entered this challenge.

Moreton Bay being resilient in times of uncertainty (QLD)

How might council be able to utilise our open datasets to assist the community during climate change and significant weather events? We have published datasets that have been built for command centres during adverse weather conditions. What opportunities also exist for these datasets to be used to enable and protect our community during periods of significant weather events?

Eligibility: Open to everyone, preference will be given to those providing solutions using at least one local Moreton Bay region (City of Moreton Bay and/or Unity Water) data set. Employees of City of Moreton Bay with a direct working relationship with members of the local Moreton Bay Gov Hack node organising committee are ineligible to apply for this prize. If unsure, please feel welcome to check and discuss via Slack channels upon commencement of the event.

Go to Challenge | 7 teams have entered this challenge.