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Deb calls for Cooyar Disaster Activation

26th October 2023

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington has called on the Federal and State Government to activate Disaster Recovery Funding Assistance for residents of Cooyar affected by the recent bushfires.

Deb has written to both the Federal Minister for Emergency Management, and the Deputy Premier to highlight the urgent situation and I have also raised the issue in Parliament.

“I am asking for the Cooyar area affected by the bushfires to be Disaster Activated so those landholders affected can receive some support,” Deb said.

“The bushfires have destroyed approximately 2000 acres across many rural properties.

“Landowners have lost fences, cattle yards, sheds, tanks, timber, equipment, communication infrastructure and of course, whatever feed was still available for livestock in the paddock.

“I spoke with Rural Firie, Wayne Schefe not long after the event and he said that gusts of wind up to 73km/hr took the fire very quickly.

“It was only through the rural firies skill and determination that it was stopped before entering dense bushland, and before it could get to several homes.

“The Cooyar community need and deserve support and a disaster activation is one way to acknowledge and provide assistance for property owners who have lost so much.