Last year I had a look at the NRMA's Mobile Member Centre (MMC) when it was in Canberra. This is a semi trailer equipped as a mobile office, which the NRMA drive around to NSW shows, to promote the organization. The vehicle is fitted out as a mobile office with computers and display screens. A the time I noted it was very similar to the Command vehicle the NSW Police had ordered.
So I wrote to the NRMA and suggested they make it available to the NSW government for emergences. The NRMA replied pointing out this was a possible use.
After the recent floods in Newcastle the Premier commented that they would set up emergency relief offices when they could find premises. According to the Itinerary the MMC was to be at an agricultural show 14 - 16 June in Casino. It would need to go past Newcastle on the way, so I suggested to the NRMA and the NSW Premier's office the unit be diverted to Newcastle for flood relief.
The NRMA did not reply and after two weeks the NSW Premier's office replied that the matter had been referred to the Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Water Utilities, the Hon N Rees, MP.
The emergency in Newcastle is now over. But perhaps the NSW Government will give some thought to preparations for the next emergency. A mobile office could have access to the federal as well as state web based information sources and services. This could be used to provide both emergency assistance and the usual government services which may not be available in the recovery phase of an emergency. Essentially the same system could be used by the Federal Government to provide emergency support to remote aboriginal communities.