Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle today visited North Stradbroke Island to thank firefighters, police and other state emergency services personnel who have spent over a week battling a major bushfire during increasingly hot, dry and unpredictable conditions.
“Like most Queenslanders watching the devastating bushfire unfold on North Stradbroke Island over the last week, I was in awe of the sheer power of the fire and humbled by the mighty efforts of countless number of people who are determined to manage it,” Mr McArdle said.
“I congratulate and thank everyone involved for their ongoing efforts to safely reduce the level of damage that would otherwise be associated with a major Australian bushfire, especially one that is occurring in the middle of the hottest and driest part of our summer so far.”
Mr McArdle also paid tribute to Energex, Seqwater and Redland Council staff who, behind the scenes, worked tirelessly to maintain energy and water supply services on North Stradbroke Island, as well as in other parts of the Redland Council area.
“Despite the increasing demand associated with the scorching heat right across Queensland, Energex and Seqwater continued to work with Redland Council and other agencies to restore and maintain services,” he said.
“Energex, Seqwater and Redland Council worked together to restore and maintain water and power supply against increasing odds, including significant bushfire damage to assets.”
Energex and Seqwater are well advanced in restoring all permanent electricity and water services to the island.