Sunshine Coast Council crews will be out and about early tomorrow assessing roads and other infrastructure for damage as council moves to the recovery phase of its operations for the bushfires.
Council crews will also be cleaning up any fallen debris.
Council urges residents to be aware at all times of potential risks including fallen trees and ash.
Personal hardship financial assistance has been activated for Peregian Beach, Peregian Breeze Estate, Peregian Springs and Weyba Downs with four different grants available – emergency hardship assistance grant, essential household contents grant, structural assistance grant and essential services safety and reconnection grant. All details are available at: https://www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/queensland-disasters/southern-queensland-bushfires or by phoning the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.
A Community Recovery Hub will open from 9am tomorrow at the Peregian Beach Community House at 255 David Low Way, Peregian Beach. Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services representatives and community support groups will be onsite. The Queensland Government offers a range of recovery services and assistance measures to help people who have been impacted by disasters, refer to www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au/ for further information.
Both adults and children may experience emotional distress after returning home after a bushfire. Red Cross has resources available online for helping children deal with emotional stress after a disaster. For more information visit: https://www.redcross.org.au/emergency-resources#recover-from-disasters.
Residents returning home are urged to be careful to ensure perishable food is safe to eat before consuming – particularly following power outages. Queensland Health recommends you dispose of:
- Refrigerated food that has been left unrefrigerated or above 5 degrees for more than four hours
- Frozen food after 48 hours (if the freezer is full) or after 24 hours (if the freezer is only half full). If frozen food has thawed, the food should be eaten as soon as possible.
Council offers its sincere thanks to Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Police and all other agencies for their incredible work throughout this fire.
For the latest information keep following Sunshine Coast Council’s Facebook page and Disaster Hub https://disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au