Gen­eral to di­rect fire re­cov­ery

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

RE­COV­ERY ef­forts from the bush­fires which rav­aged com­mu­ni­ties across cen­tral Queens­land in re­cent weeks will be led by re­tired Ma­jorGen­eral Stu­art Smith.

Maj-Gen Smith (pic­tured), who has 36 years of Aus­tralian mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence, pre­vi­ously led the de­fence force re­sponse to Cy­clone Y Yasi in 2011, which rav­aged north Q Queensla land.

Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said sa Ma­jGen Smith’s Smith’ k knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence would help im­pacted com­mu­ni­ties re­cover as quickly as pos­si­ble, with sup­port from var­i­ous agen­cies, in­clud­ing the Queens­land Re­con­struc­tion Au­thor­ity.

“Queens­land has not ex­pe­ri­enced a bush­fire dis­as­ter of this size and scale be­fore, but those im­pacted can be as­sured the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to work closely with you as we bounce back from this,” she said.

“Re­cov­ery from th­ese bush­fires will in­clude re­build­ing in­fra­struc­ture, lo­cal economies and the en­vi­ron­ment, and will fo­cus on the health and emo­tional well­be­ing of those im­pacted.”

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