Wallangarra and Eukey residents invited to community meeting about bushfire recovery
Southern Downs Regional Council is hosting a community
meeting to discuss the Wallangarra-Eukey Bushfire Recovery Plan.
SDRC will hold the meeting on Tuesday, 5 March at the
Wallangarra Hall at 6pm where residents can provide SDRC with feedback about
how the bushfire impacted the local community and primary producers in the
Residents will also learn what steps SDRC, in conjunction
with other agencies, plan to take towards recovery as outlined in the
Wallangarra-Eukey Bushfire Recovery Plan.
SDRC and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) recently
held an initial local recovery strategy meeting following containment of the
bushfire to implement a transition from bushfire response operations to
Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said the meeting will
provide the community an opportunity to learn how SDRC plans to help the region
“SDRC is responsible for the recovery effort, and Council
wants to ensure that residents impacted by the bushfire are informed about the
recovery process,” Cr Dobie said.
“After conducting initial impact assessments, Council has
formulated a three stage recovery plan that will look after the needs of the
community in the short, medium and long term.
“In the short term, we want to keep residents updated about
the timelines for restoring essential services and transport routes, and how
residents can access emergency funding to relieve personal hardships the
bushfire has caused.
“The meeting will also cover plans for economic recovery,
restoring confidence in tourism to the area including Girraween National Park,
and how local businesses can improve their resilience to disasters.
“Our recovery plan also provides the opportunity to evaluate
the response to the fire and evacuation procedures, and how Council and QFES can
improve in these areas.
“The plan also allows Council to evaluate where Council can
improve infrastructure and essential services to make them more resilient to
“I encourage all residents impacted by the bushfire to
attend the meeting and keep updated with recovery efforts, ask questions and
Residents interested in the Wallangarra-Eukey Bushfire
Recovery Plan can access it on the SDRC website at https://bit.ly/2Xrhhoy.
For more information about the community meeting, or for
advice and support for local recovery assistance, please contact SDRC on 1300
697 372 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.