Lessons to be learned from recent bushfires
THE recent catastrophic bushfire conditions in central and southern parts of the state brought out the best and worst of what Queensland has to offer.
We witnessed brave men and women fight fires on the frontline, co-ordinate a response and lead recovery efforts.
As someone who grew up in regional Queensland, I know how important small communities are during a time of crisis.
Thank you to those people who sacrificed so much to ensure lives, properties, vegetation and livestock were saved.
I believe these outstanding members of the community deserve more recognition and that’s why I’ve written to the National Emergency Committee for them to consider opening a citation application process.
During early December, LNP Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett and I had the privilege of meeting and thanking volunteers in areas including Bundaberg, Agnes Water and Baffle Creek.
It was an opportunity for us to hear the stories of bravery, mateship and teamwork.
In the past, a National Emergency Medal has been awarded to people who worked or volunteered during the Queensland floods of 2010, Cyclone Yasi and the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
The men and women who worked tirelessly to protect their communities deserve this honour.
I also believe we need to learn from this bushfire emergency and the best way for that is to hold a parliamentary inquiry by investigating issues including the managing of national parks, communication to affected communities and issuing of backburning permits to allow landholders to manage fuel loads.
It can be the difference between saving lives and saving communities. — Deb Frecklington, LNP Leader
❝As someone who grew up in regional Queensland, I know how important small communities are during a time of crisis.
RISKS: Fire in Ambrose near Gentle Annie Rd about 500m past Hut Creek.