Arson anguish felt by Struck Oil family one year on

Ule Lopez and Brooke Moyle are just grateful that thier pet dogs are ok after a grassfire possibly lit by a man evading police burned right to the back steps of the house at the corner of the Burnett Highway and Leydens Hill Road, Struck Oil. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Ule Lopez and Brooke Moyle are just grateful that thier pet dogs are ok after a grassfire possibly lit by a man evading police burned right to the back steps of the house at the corner of the Burnett Highway and Leydens Hill Road, Struck Oil. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

KYLLIE Moyle will never forget September 17, 2014.

How could the fifth-generation Struck Oil mother ever forget the day an armed fugitive forced her to lock herself inside her own home while her property was set on fire?

"September 17 was a very hard day," Mrs Moyle said.

"I think about that day every day. It has had a big impact on our lives."

Mrs Moyle lost fences, sheds, roof guttering, the family's water tank, toilet, septic, a calf and countless family heirlooms and memories when Adin Joel Cussen allegedly lit a fire that destroyed 20ha of her property. Cussen was subsequently charged with 11 counts of arson in relation to the incident.

Mrs Moyle said while her family had replaced sheds and fences and repaired essential items, they would never be able to replace the memories lost in the deliberately lit blaze.

"We've had the shed replaced and the fences fixed but we didn't have a toilet until March," Mrs Moyle said.

"We were using a port-a-loo until March while our toilet and septic was being fixed.

"It was a pretty scary time and emotionally we are still dealing with the loss of everything.

"We'll never get back the family heirlooms or memories we lost."

The Struck Oil and Mt Morgan area has been the target of arsonists in the past few months, sparking the relaunch of Taskforce Vulcan, a team of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Police Service and officials targeting arsonists in the Central Queensland region.

Having lived through the devastation arson can cause, Mrs Moyle said anything that could be done by officials to prevent arson and the effects it has on the community was more than welcome.

"I think it's great that they have started targeting arsonists; something has to be done," she said.

"To other people, it might just be a paddock on fire but to us it's feed for our animals burning. If that is taken away by fire, we have to pay for feed.

"Anything that can be done to stop arson and bushfires is great."

Topics:  arson mount morgan siege struck oil

GALLERY: Rocky's party people pack the clubs and pubs

L-R Nate Newman, Josh Hennig, Renee Harrison, Kirsten Doyle and Lindsey Hornagold at Zodiac Nightclub.

All the action from Rocky's pubs and clubs over the weekend.

He's 93, has dementia and makes love with a sex worker

People with dementia can experience massive changes in their libidos.

Meet the escort who helps men with dementia enjoy sex

Rocky council's $125K splash for new environment role

Division 6 councillor Drew Wickerson was driven by his own passion for the environment in pushing for council to create a $125K position.

Councillor pushes for big move to fill a de-amalgamation void

Local Partners

St Ursula's College students win with the power of words

The students debated their way to victory in the Rockhampton District Secondary School Debating Competition Grand Final this week.

Get Set for Summer

Win One of Ten Prize Packs
Learn More

Machine Gun Preacher heading to Rocky to give Hope

SAVING LIVES: Sam Childers, aka the Machine Gun Preacher, at Angels of East Africa's orphanage in Nimule, South Sudan.

Former bad boy biker turned preacher and humanitarian on road

What's on this weekend in Rockhampton and the Cap Coast

Head trackside this weekend for the Yeppoon Races at Keppel Park.

We've got the gossip of what's happening this weekend.

The world's best in things that roll embark on Rocky

AUSTRALIAN FIRST: Colin Cole from CQUniversity with Sebastian Stichell from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden at the 25th International Symposium on Dynamics of Vehicles on Roads and Tracks.

International symposium held in Australia for the first time

RECAP: Game of Thrones s7 e6 - Beyond the Wall

*Warning this story contains spoilers about today's new episode*

Paul Kelly announces massive Australian tour

Paul Kelly is going on a 16-date national tour in November.

Music legend thrills fans with the announcement of a massive tour.

Truth behind Whitney Houston’s ‘fairytale’ life

Documentary reveals the 'truth' behind Whitney Houston's life.

IT MIGHT be the greatest myth in modern pop music.

Survivor twist bound to shock

Sunshine Coast mum-of-three Tara Pitt.

TARA Pitt benefited from a shock twist on Australian Survivor.

The Block goes back to school with gorgeous kids rooms

Ronnie and Georgia's winning kids bedroom in a scene from The Block.

ONE magical bedroom received the first perfect score of the season.

What's on the small screen this week

Rob Collins and Jessica Marais in a scene from season two of The Wrong Girl.

JESSICA Marais returns in The Wrong Girl.

Playing Tom Cruise's wife was a dream for Sarah Wright

Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in American Made.

The actress stars opposite Cruise in the action comedy

Investors quick to snap up property in key growth corridor

High-profile commercial site sells at auction for $4.920m

Rocky in top-10 fastest growing areas for residential units

CBD FRAMEWORK: Artist impression of the $14 million combined residential and commercial high-rise on the corner of William and Bolsover streets, Rockhampton.

Development approvals align with bold inner-city living vision

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South