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Byfield fuel loads double this fire season

RAISING AWARENESS: Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jo-Ann Miller speaks to Rockhampton media. She is supported by Keppel’s Brittany Lauga and Rockhampton’s Bill Byrne.
RAISING AWARENESS: Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jo-Ann Miller speaks to Rockhampton media. She is supported by Keppel’s Brittany Lauga and Rockhampton’s Bill Byrne. Allan Reinikka Rokafireawa

WITH the fuel-loading at Byfield more than double what it normally would be for any other fire season, authorities are keeping a vigilant eye on things.

QFES Central Region Assistant Commissioner Ewan Cayzer said Byfield was an area of concern for authorities because the fire risk there was at extreme.

Yesterday, more than six months on from Cyclone Marcia, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller returned to the region for a first-hand progress report on the community's recovery.

Ms Miller was joined by Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga on a visit to North Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Byfield to meet residents who were affected by the cyclone in February.

"Six months have now passed and while things look mostly back to normal, it is important to remember that it can take a long time for families, businesses and the wider community to recover - both financially and emotionally," she said.

Mrs Lauga said the government was committed to ongoing community recovery support as well as support in the lead-up to the bushfire and summer disaster season.

"I invited Ms Miller here not just to see the resilience of our community but so that she could talk directly to affected residents and the wider community about our needs as we prepare for what could be a very busy bushfire season," she said.

"I've been grateful for the support of all of our rural firies who have been working hard over the last few months as part of Taskforce Marcia to reduce the impact of greater-than-usual fuel loads as a result of downed trees and vegetation.

"But there is more work to do. My top priority is the safety and wellbeing of all locals and I've moved to ensure that any additional resources that our community needs as part of our ongoing recovery from Marcia and preparation for the season ahead are delivered."

Showers forecast:

Light showers are forecast for the Rocky region over the weekend, according to weatherzone.com.au.

The site says there's a 70% chance of 5mm rainfall on Saturday and 90% chance on Sunday.

Topics:  cyclone marcia aftermath, fire season, jo-ann miller, rockhampton




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