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Labor must review aerial firefighting resources

16th September 2019

The Palaszczuk Labor Government must review Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ aircraft fleet resources to ensure firefighters can tackle devastating bushfires from the skies.

LNP MP for Ninderry Dan Purdie said the fires at Peregian showed support from above was more important than ever.

“The jetload of fire retardant dropped by a massive Boeing 737 from New South Wales on the Peregian blaze gave the firefighting effort a huge boost,” Mr Purdie said.

“But, New South Wales was suffering its own bushfire emergency and the 737 was recalled.

“Waterbombing helicopters also swarmed over the Sunshine Coast and were invaluable in battling the bushfires.

“The firefighting aircraft potentially made the difference in saving lives and homes.

“Firefighters in the Gold Coast Hinterland were also faced with very difficult terrain to fight fires on foot.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Fires and Emergency Services Lachlan Millar called on Annastacia Palaszczuk to stop playing politics and stop blaming the Federal Government.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government must review resources to investigate whether Queensland needs more heavy-duty aerial support based here,” Mr Millar said.

“New South Wales identified the need for a large air tanker for firefighting and purchased the aircraft.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government should stop at nothing to ensure firefighters have the appropriate resources to protect Queensland communities.”