The efforts of emergency services in evacuating 900 campers from Main Beach North Stradbroke Island have undoubtedly saved lives with three camp-grounds at Main Beach being destroyed by fire over night.
Redlands Local Disaster Coordinator Nick Clarke praised the efforts of all agencies involved in battling the bushfire that has been burning on North Stradbroke Island for four days.
“The fact that nearly a thousand campers were safely evacuated from an area that has since been impacted by the fire is a testament to the efforts of emergency services, Council officers, Straddie camping and SES,” he said.
“I would also like to acknowledge the cooperation of campers, most of who packed up on New Year’s Day and vacated the camp grounds without any complaints.
“I do need to reiterate that this fire is far from over, with wind and hot conditions over the coming days likely to add to the complexities being faced by emergency services personnel.
“While there currently remains no danger to life or property, we can’t afford to take our eye off the ball and are asking all areas of the Redlands to be ready, including other islands and mainland suburbs.
“People should ensure they have an evacuation plan in place and an emergency kit including water, batteries and medicines. Details are available on Council’s website or through the Red Cross RediPLAN.
“There is also quite a bit of smoke over the Redlands and near-by suburbs at present and people need to keep in mind that smoke brings with it serious health risks, particularly for those with existing respiratory problems.
Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Cr Craig Ogilvie said island residents and businesses had also contributed to the fire-fighting and evacuation efforts.
“It is fantastic to see so many agencies and businesses working together, in particular Straddie Camping and ferry companies who worked hard to ensure campers vacated the island safely,” he said.
“While these efforts have achieved great results so far, everyone needs to be on their toes, the fire is still burning and with hot and dry weather conditions expected over coming days we must remain vigilant.”
All residents are encouraged to keep up to date with the bushfire situation through Redland City Council and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website, Facebook and Twitter pages.