RELIEVED: Despite losing a caravan and the contents of a shipping container to fire, Ross Allan and his daughter Aleisa were happy that they did not lose their home or their pet dogs during a bushfire in the Struck Oil area last year.
RELIEVED: Despite losing a caravan and the contents of a shipping container to fire, Ross Allan and his daughter Aleisa were happy that they did not lose their home or their pet dogs during a bushfire in the Struck Oil area last year. Chris Ison Rokcfire

We were there: Gunman tale covered in detail online

WHEN a gunman allegedly fired at police in Rockhampton, sparking a pursuit and then a bushfire emergency at Struck Oil, The Morning Bulletin was there to cover the drama.

As the incident unfolded, in September 2014, our reporters updated the Bulletin's website with a blow-by-blow account of the gunman's movements and a string of alleged offences, including side-swiping vehicles and setting fires after fleeing into bushland.

Hundreds of people were reading our updates online. Our stories were informative, live and in-depth.

Our reporting team was at the search area and talking to police about the latest information and locals about how they were being affected and what they knew about the events leading up to the alleged crime spree.

As the manhunt stretched into a second day we kept readers in touch with the latest information regarding the fires and the gunman's location.

A specialist police team from Brisbane flew into Rockhampton to assist local detectives and officers.

As police tracked the man down to a house in the Moongan area and Special Emergency Response Teams moved in to make the arrest, we updated our website to inform locals that the emergency situation was finally over.

Residents living in the area where the alleged gunman was on the run relied on us for crucial information - such as when they could leave their homes and when they could collect their children from school.

Having 18 editorial staff on the ground in Central Queensland is not cheap. But it's the only way to keep the community properly informed, tell your stories, and make sure you can find out what you need to know.



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