More research, extended consultation as part of bushfire review

Published: Comments:
Community Law & Safety Queensland Government Surveys & Your Say Weather


An independent research company has been engaged to undertake an in-depth survey of Queenslanders as part of the 2018 Queensland Bushfires Review.

The review, being undertaken by the Inspector-General Emergency Management, will assess the effectiveness of preparedness activity and response to the major bushfires that occurred from late November to early December.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said market research company MCR would conduct a survey across three key fire-affected areas of the State which represent key aspects of the recent bushfires.

The survey areas will be:

-Eungella, Finch Hatton and Dalrymple Heights
-Gracemere (near Rockhampton)
-Agnes Water, Baffle Creek and Deepwater.

Mr Crawford said the survey is just one of the strategies being used by the Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management to gather information and comment on the bushfires.

He said the in-depth survey would touch on key facets of the fire including public warnings and information, heatwave, evacuation, mitigation and public risk perception regarding bushfire and heatwave.

“Public safety is at the heart of this review and so it is imperative that significant efforts are undertaken to comprehensively capture views, opinions and perspectives from the recent fire events,” Mr Crawford said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring that the best possible emergency management arrangements are in place for all Queenslanders.

“These were unprecedented fires and we want feedback about our response to ensure we learn from it.”

Inspector-General Emergency Management Iain MacKenzie said review team members from his office had already written directly to a range of key stakeholders seeking submissions.

The Inspector- General said that, while initially these were requested by late January, he is happy to discuss timeframes with these stakeholders should they require a longer timeframe to prepare their views.

Staff have already attended many agency and group debriefs and post-event community forums to hear first-hand public perspectives and experiences from the recent bushfires.

Mr MacKenzie said the debriefs and community meetings would continue into the New Year, and so would attendance by himself and members of his office.

“It is imperative we get to hear firsthand as many of the issues and perspectives raised by public as possible, to better inform the review,” Mr MacKenzie said.

“We will continue to seek out and attend as many of these meetings as possible in the short term to achieve this goal.”

Mr MacKenzie said public submissions to the review were welcomed and encourages any member of the public affected by the fires to contribute to the review by the end of February, 2019.

Information on how to lodge a public submission is available online at

“This review is about gathering facts and listening those involved so that we can further strengthen Queensland’s emergency management arrangements and practices,” Mr MacKenzie said.

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Honourable Craig Crawford

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) : Queensland Government :
Emergency Services Complex, Cnr Park Road and Kedron Park Road, Kedron Queensland 4031, Queensland Wide
13 74 68
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) : Queensland Government
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Fire and emergency service changes keeping Queenslanders safe 14 March 2019 | Keeping Queensland’s fire and emergency services among the best in the nation will remain a key focus of the Palaszczuk Government, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today. More information...
Palaszczuk Government gives Sunshine Coast SES groups a $130,000 boost 13 March 2019 | State Emergency Services (SES) in the Sunshine Coast region today officially received $130,000 of new equipment to help them respond to natural disasters and emergencies. More information...
Fire and emergency volunteering on the agenda during Governing from the Regions program 12 March 2019 | Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today highlighted the work of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services personnel at a workshop in Caloundra during the Palaszczuk Government’s Gove... More information...
Palaszczuk Government supports keeping rural fire brigades rural 12 March 2019 | Key decision making for rural fire services have been put where they belong – in the regions that they serve. More information...
QFES welcomes historic intake of female recruits 05 March 2019 | Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today met with 32 firefighter recruits, including 11 women, training to graduate from Brisbane’s Queensland Combined Emergency Services Academy this year. More information...
Minister shares natural disaster expertise 02 March 2019 | Bushfires, floods, cyclones and monsoon troughs were all on the agenda during a visit by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford to the national Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative... More information...
Strong response to calls for bushfire submissions 21 February 2019 | Queenslanders affected by the 2018 bushfires that swept through the State have one week to go to provide submissions to the Inspector-General Emergency Management 2018 Queensland Bushfire Review. More information...
Stormy weather on the horizon for southeast Queensland 20 February 2019 | Queenslanders are being urged to stay safe and look out for each other as the effects of more severe weather start to be felt across the state’s southeast coast. More information...
Townsville no longer a “disaster” but still a long way to go 10 February 2019 | Townsville is no longer disaster declared but there is still a long way to go before the North Queensland region returns to normal. More information...
Terms of reference for flood review released 08 February 2019 | Queensland’s preparedness and response to the widespread flooding that inundated the state’s north in early 2019 will come under the spotlight during a wide-ranging review by the independent body the Inspec... More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service