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Qld Bushfires Will Come Under Review

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford has confirmed a review will be done after the devastating bushfires that swept through the state.

Mr Crawford said the review was standard practice after such a major event.

He said he was tasking the statutorily independent Inspector-General Emergency Management to review key preparedness and response elements of the fires and hot weather events across Queensland.

The Inspector-General conducted a similar review after Cyclone Debbie in 2017, to ensure Queenslanders remained at the forefront of emergency management excellence across the nation.

Mr Crawford said he had directed the Inspector-General to identify examples of good practice for future reference.

“There are lessons to be learned from every disaster and this one is no different,” he said.

“The horrific fire conditions and threat faced by so many Queenslanders is unprecedented in recorded history.

“Seeing our first responders in action on the ground, I just can’t thank enough our fire and emergency services personnel and volunteers from across the state and from interstate.

“They were joined by our local councils, by their communities and by all Queenslanders in facing this crisis together.

“So many Queenslanders have suffered serious loss in the past week but I know that without the experience, dedication and expertise of our emergency services it could have been so much worse.”

It comes after the LNP demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the bushfire event.

The breakdown of the damage is as follows. 

35 suburbs were impacted by the fires across eight local government areas - Central Highlands, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Whitsunday and Cassowary Coast.

479 assessments  have been completed.  It is important to note that in some cases this can include multiple assessments on a single property – dwelling, shed, water tank and the like.

17 dwellings were determined to be damaged - nine were destroyed and the other eight with varying degrees of damage.

72 sheds or structures were damaged and another 27 destroyed.

37 properties were impacted - 28 vehicles and multiple machinery, such as quad bikes, tractors, other machinery

Assessors involved 14 QFES and 8 QRA.