Coast Councillor Says "It's Been A Tough Night"
Sunshine Coast Councillor Tim Dwyer has updated media on the fire situation at the Sunshine Coast Disaster Coordination Centre in Nambour.
He said, "it's been a tough night for both our residents and Queensland Fire and Energency Services and the Queensland Police Service last night [Monday] and our volunteers at the Evacuation Centres and the SES and this morning [Tuesday] they are still going hard at it to contain or try to contain the fires that are affecting the Sunshine Coast at the moment".
"The local Disaster Coordination Centre here is in full swing, we are in StandUp Mode, as we were from late yesterday afternoon [Monday] and the work that's being done between the coordination centre and the people on the ground, the Queensland emergency services and the Queensland Police Service is continuing" to work together" he said.
He advised that "our two evacuation centres on the Sunshine Coast; the Nambour Showgrounds and the Maroochydore Multisports on Fishermans Road are both open".
"We've got up to 100 beds at the Nambour Showgrounds that are available, that is a pet friendly evacuation centre.
"And at the Fishermans Road Multisports Complex we've got up to 25 beds there and pets are welcome there as well.
The Noosa Leisure Centre is open and The J is at capacity.
Mr Dwyer said he saw around 110 people at the Coolum Surf Club overnight. It was offered as a place of refuge.
He urged people to steer clear of the affected areas unless they have a critical reason for being there. He recommended staying away from the fire fronts.
He said the QFES needs to be able to act quickly and safely and don't need anyone causing interruptions for the crews.
By Michelle Price