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Federal Member got Flynn, Mr Ken O'Dowd, says three days of floodying can mean three weeks of lost tourism revenue to Agnes Water. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer
Federal Member got Flynn, Mr Ken O'Dowd, says three days of floodying can mean three weeks of lost tourism revenue to Agnes Water. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer Luka Kauzlaric

LOCAL politicians Ken O'Dowd and Ron Carige are tightening security, in response to the national terror alert.

"Obviously it is a personal decision, but I have decided to suspend advertising of my specific whereabouts," Mr O'Dowd said yesterday.

"The threat to public officials is inevitably going to be higher due to our profile in the community.

"We have been assured the threat is real.

"We regularly meet and interact with large groups of constituents, which make us especially vulnerable.

"I believe it is incumbent on public officials such as myself to take sensible measures to ensure not only our own personal security, but the security of our staff and members of the public."

Banana Shire Council mayor Ron Carige confirmed his staff would be briefed on security in light of the alert status. "We all need to remain vigilant," he said.

But state member Liz Cunningham won't be changing anything. "I value and respect the people who live in Gladstone," she said.

"Obviously I am aware of the tightened security in parliament." Ms Cunningham said she would continue to exercise caution in her routine.

Burnett MP Stephen Bennett shared Ms Cunningham's view. "I feel completely safe in my electorate and trust in the good work of our police officers. We can't let a few isolated incidents interfere with our lives," he said.

"It's important that we be aware, not more anxious. There is no need for people to change how they go about their daily lives. I will certainly be going about my daily business as usual."

The National Terrorism Public Alert System is currently set at high.

The Federal Government regularly reviews its alert levels.



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