Queensland is recovery ready as damage is assessed

Published: Comments:
Community Emergency Information Law & Safety Queensland Government Weather


As the peak danger from recent catastrophic bushfires eases, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has reassured Queenslanders that planning for recovery is well underway.

The Premier said that while the situation was still hazardous and unpredictable in many areas, Queenslanders impacted by the fires could be confident that state and local governments had been working towards the long-term recovery of communities.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, with assistance from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, had completed 453 damage assessments in response to the bushfires as of midday today (5 December).

With work ongoing, 15 dwellings have so far been reported damaged from this event – 12 of them severely.

More than 60 sheds or other structures are also damaged, and more than 20 properties have damaged vehicles and machinery.

These numbers are expected to rise.

“More than a million hectares have been burnt across Queensland in this fortnight of fires, with catastrophic consequences for communities, primary producers, agriculture and the environment,” the Premier said.

“Although Queensland has not experienced a bushfire of this magnitude before, we are very experienced at recovering from natural disasters such as cyclones and flooding. We have a coordinated plan of action in place to recover, rebuild and reconnect our communities after the fires.

“Our state has Australia’s only standalone agency responsible for coordinating disaster recovery and resilience – the Queensland Reconstruction Authority. They are on the ground, working with councils and helping Queensland Fire and Emergency Services with damage assessments."

Acting Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Stirling Hinchliffe, said locally-led recovery plans supported by all levels of government delivered the best results for communities.

“Local recovery groups are in place and working with state agencies to ensure the support communities need is made available,” Mr Hinchliffe said

“Recovery will focus on people’s health and emotional wellbeing as much as rebuilding infrastructure, local economies and the environment.”

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford said residents across thousands of kilometres of Queensland were returning to a very different landscape.

“The weeks and months ahead will present many challenges,” Mr Crawford said.

“But we are here for the long haul and will do everything we can to support local communities in their recovery.”

Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Acting Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe
Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Honourable Craig Crawford

Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade :
PO Box 15185, City East, Queensland 4002, Queensland Wide
07 3224 4500
Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Recovery continuing in Queensland’s flood affected communities 21 February 2019 | The overwhelming support for Queensland’s flood affected communities continues with donations to the North Queensland Floods Appeal reaching more than $6.7 million in the two weeks since it was launched. More information...
Palaszczuk Government extends foster carer allowance 16 February 2019 | Foster and kinship carers looking after some of the Queensland’s most vulnerable children will have their allowance extended for children who turn 18 while still at school. More information...
Last chance to nominate a Queensland Great! 14 February 2019 | The Premier has urged people to get their nominations in for the 2019 Queensland Greats Awards which is an important way to honour remarkable Queenslanders. More information...
Governing from the Sunshine Coast rescheduled 14 February 2019 | The Palaszczuk Government will reconvene it’s Governing from the Sunshine Coast program next month after it was postponed due to the flooding disaster in North Queensland. More information...
Queensland acts on cyberbullying 13 February 2019 | The Premier has written to the CEOs of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Google, reminding them of their obligations to better protect young people who use their online and social media platforms. More information...
Queensland’s first Closing the Gap report card 13 February 2019 | The Palaszczuk Government has today, on the anniversary of the National Apology to Stolen Generation, become the first state to release a whole-of-government report card on efforts towards Closing the Gap. More information...
North Queensland Recovery Update 10 February 2019 | A further 17 state schools will re-open in Townsville tomorrow as the flood recovery continues, bringing to 40 the number re-opened since the flooding began. More information...
Frankie Carroll appointed under treasurer 08 February 2019 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today announced the appointment of the new Under Treasurer for the Queensland Public Service. More information...
Premier extends role of Major-General Stuart Smith to include flood emergency recovery 08 February 2019 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that State Disaster Recovery Co-ordinator Major-General Stuart Smith AO DSC (ret.) will have his role extended to head up the recovery effort following the flood emer... More information...
Helping hand for North Queenslanders affected by floods 06 February 2019 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has rallied Queenslanders to dig deep and donate to help assist those communities affected by the North Queensland floods. 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