Please take care in these conditions. All fire lighting prohibited including cooking fires and certain activities that may ignite a fire. Serious fines or 2 years imprisonment apply to those who contravene the order.
A big heartfelt thanks to emergency personnel who continue to put themselves ‘in the line of fire’ to assist the community.
If you haven’t already done so - make your Bushfire survival plan. ... See MoreSee Less
Fire Bans in place from midnight tonight.🚫 FIRE BANS APPLY FROM MIDNIGHT 🚫
Dry winds will raise the fire risk in the next few days so Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - QFES have declared local fire bans for Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Logan and Gold Coast areas.
All permits to light fires have been cancelled from midnight tonight until Sunday morning.
Power tools can be used only if fire extinguishing equipment is nearby.
☎️ If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
There has been increased concern in the areas of Karalee, Barellan Point and Karana Downs about insurance premiums increasing - especially due to flood mapping and the perceived risk to properties.
A recent report utilising data by climate risk analyst Dr Karl Mallon shows the impact of climatic changes (flooding, bushfire, inundation etc) and risk and how that will dramatically impact insurance premiums.
The industry is concerned on the impact to insurance remaining accessible and affordable. This has major ramifications for mortgage lending and property values.
Lenders and the Reserve Bank are now taking notice of this data with major lenders now starting to analyse their property and insurance portfolios to examine their exposure to high risk mortgages.
Lenders are starting to screen mortgages for risk….this will alter lending practices. Mortgage applications defined in perceived ‘at risk areas’ may be increasingly declined and in turn affect property values….
This leads to the need for increased consideration with town planning and building codes to create great resilience for communities and property owners.
Let’s not forget the impact of postcode derived data on this process too - especially postcode 4306. ... See MoreSee Less
The State Government again shows its disregard for the Ipswich region with announcement of a $40million greyhound racing facility to be built at Yamanto. This is not the infrastructure that is desperately needed in the region.
Instead it embraces revenue from gambling in an industry which still battles with animal cruelty concerns much like the horse racing industry.
Peter Gleeson states in the QT 17/10/19 “… gambling turnover on the dogs is at an all-time high and hundreds of millions of dollars in wagering tax goes into Queensland hospitals, schools and police numbers.” Where will that revenue end up? Probably a safe bet is not where it’s needed in the greater Ipswich area….
Logan hospital this week started it's $460 million expansion. The health minister states “The Palaszczuk Government is building and expanding at Logan to ensure that locals receive the best care, and we continue to keep up with demand.” Yet Ipswich hospital continues to limp along trying to cope with the increased demand. Why?
The lack of interest by state government in infrastructure investment and forward planning in greater Ipswich/Western Brisbane is incomprehensible in a region expected to double its population in 20 years….
There is reluctance in bringing forward railway corridor extension from Springfield to Ipswich, no investment in Cunningham highway upgrades on a roadway that cannot cope with current needs. Yet both of these will be much needed with the proposed new facility bringing amalgamation of Brisbane and Ipswich racing clubs together. Anyone seeking to travel there might have second thoughts…
So here’s a thought…with the wagering taxes raised from racing being generated in Ipswich - spend them there. There are schools, hospitals and transport needs screaming for investment…
Considered whether you might like to become a volunteer firefighter?
Come along to the Bushfire Community Safety meeting Thursday 17th October 6-9pm Mt Crosby Bowls Club.
Members of Brookfield Rural Fire shall be there to discuss formation of a new rural brigade for the greater Mt Crosby region or expansion of Brookfield.
Life is busy for everyone and obviously people have concerns of time commitment to this cause.
One of Brookfield RFS members, Andrew Mckenzie, stated that "basic training is a two day course with brigade training 2 sessions per month...(There are) burn offs and fire calls but it’s at your pace and family friendly as we understand that family life and work life are priorities and balance is needed in all things. It costs nothing - all gear is supplied and it can be enjoyable"
Look forward to seeing a supportive attendance by our wonderful community at this much needed and long called for meeting.
As our environmental conditions change - it is creating conditions that are beyond what fire-fighters have seen before.
It is stated that “We are asleep at the wheel - as a community we are just not getting it” and that preparation is key.
Fire weather experts are calling for a national plan to address a decline in volunteer rural fire personnel and increased government funding for resources. The National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) has had its funding more than halved since 2003.
Strategic development of policy relating to public safety that is supported and funded by both State and Federal governments is crucial.
All are welcome to attend a Bushfire Safety Community Meeting Thursday 17th October 6-9pm Mt Crosby Bowls Club. Prepare.Act.Survive. ... See MoreSee Less
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After much follow up there is a Community Meeting arranged for the greater Mt Crosby region.
Have you thought about what you would do in an emergency fire situation?
Find out how to be prepared - how to prepare your home, your evacuation plan including pets and neighbours, your escape route, emergency pack, important documents, medications, where to find emergency information, what do the warnings mean… Prepare.Act.Survive
All are welcome to attend a community engagement session. There will be time for discussion and questions.After much follow up there is a Community Meeting arranged for the greater Mt Crosby region.
Have you thought about what you would do in an emergency fire situation?
Find out how to be prepared - how to prepare your home, your evacuation plan including pets and neighbours, your escape route, emergency pack, important documents, medications, where to find emergency information, what do the warnings mean... Prepare.Act.Survive
All are welcome to attend a community engagement session. There will be time for discussion and questions. ... See MoreSee Less
Waste, its disposal, processing and recycling is an issue that should be of concern for all of us.
I attended Willowbank Area Group residents meeting last week to understand community concerns regarding 4 potential waste sites. Jeebropilly mine is only 710m from homes with a proposal to extend dumping to 50 years.
There are currently 8 applications awaiting assessment by ICC across various sites in Ipswich, some new and some amendments to current usage. Current applications should be assessed on their cumulative impact.
The current state and federal governments have waste policies that place priority on reduction of waste to landfill and this should be a priority.
Investment in a circular recycling industry needs to be far more intensive to cope with increased demands and create employment in the process. ... See MoreSee Less
A great way to show support for our emergency service firies who work in some extreme conditions and Find some very relevant safety information.What’s better than a fire station open day? Dozens of fire station open days! 🤩 🚒
This Saturday (28 September), Fire and Rescue stations and Rural Fire brigades across the state will throw open their doors to the community as part of the QFES Open Day – Stronger Together. It’s your opportunity to learn about bushfire preparedness and share experiences with many of the staff and volunteers on the frontline of recent blazes. There will be station and truck tours, the chance to meet QFES mascots and personnel, photo opportunities, fun kids’ activities, safety information/demos, and more! Please check our website to find your local event and share it with your family and friends! Link in comments 👇 ... See MoreSee Less
Karalee community forum drew over 200 people last night. Updates on Mt Crosby Warrego Hwy interchange, Mt Crosby Water Treatment works, Policing, Ipswich City Council and was hosted by state member for Ipswich West.
Disparity was noted between Dept TMR and state MP description of ’readiness’ to proceed with Mt Crosby/Warrego Hwy interchange. TMR states formal community engagement is waiting to occur to progress concept designs further dependent on business proposal and federal gov funding. State government states the project is ‘shovel ready’ to proceed…. Community sentiment seemed to show that further design improvements are necessary and are tired of waiting for investment in the region.
2017 concept plans sought to improve capacity, clear ramps faster and provide pedestrian and cycling bridge as roundabouts are problematic for pedestrians.
TMR states $22mil cost and this interchange is their highest priority of the $400mil Warrego Hwy upgrades.
It was stated that the Warrego is part of the national network and there is federal government responsibility to fund on an 80:20 split. Qld Gov have committed $4.4mil. Ipswich West member states recent ‘question on notice’ to his own party leader/Premier to provide an update as to result of meeting with Fed Gov at COAG 9/8/19 requesting funding to proceed.
And still we wait….queued in traffic….fearful of tragedy. TMR acknowledges there are increased accidents due to traffic queues.
With regard to the Mt Crosby Water treatment area - it supplies 50% of SE QLD water and forecast to be 60% in years ahead. New substation to be built for flood resilience.
New kindy is not likely to be built/finished until end of 2020 and is awaiting BCC DA approval, before moving out of it’s current home that shall become a much needed local community centre.
The weir bridge is not likely to built for at least another 5 years…will be 2 lane downstream of old bridge that will become pedestrian access.
Some of the beautiful old homes being restored are seeking addition to the State heritage registry.
There were many comments to QPS and ICC regarding local issues and questions fielded from the floor. ... See MoreSee Less
Our younger generation are leaders in being able to take a very direct message to our political representatives across the world at present. David Attenborough is at the other age spectrum and someone for whom I have much respect.
Politicians need to listen to the credible science, the will of their constituents and more importantly take appropriate action. Time is critical. Enough of the excuses that have been around for nearly 30 years.
Maybe the economic losses that big business and banks will incur economically in the long term due to climate change will spur our government into action?
We need to set frameworks in this country that allow business to plan and invest in renewable technologies for the longer term to assist in moving towards a carbon reduced future….
I want my child and his children to have a future and enjoy the ecosystems I have on this beautiful planet we call home.
"You are the keepers of an extraordinary section of the surface of this planet ... what you say, what you do, really, really matters." ... See MoreSee Less
The Urban Congestion Funding from the Fed Gov’t misses the Mt Crosby Warrego highway upgrade. Wonder what happened with the State Governments meeting and appeal for funding for the western Brisbane/Ipswich region?
The north side of Brisbane seems to have faired well.... BRACKEN RIDGE: Beams Rd (Federal contribution - $50m)
INDOOROOPILLY: Moggill Rd, Coonan St roundabout ($25m)
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If you are interested in being a volunteer for collections or delivery please follow the link below. Thanks to our emergency services for their efforts over the recent days.BAKED RELIEF STAND DOWN MESSAGE (WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER)
Our drop off points have been overwhelmed with the support and baking love and will spend the next couple of days distributing your lovely baking where it needs to go. If we see a further need for additional baking in coming days we will report back.
Yeronga 26 Devon St Yeronga Monday to Friday 8.30am to 1pm Wednesdays from 6.30am to 1pm Baked Relief Angel Melinda and her team at Yeronga Community Centre who helped us all so much after the 2011 floods will take your baked goods
New Beith (Greenbank) Message Nat on 0412 142 053 She will then provide address and coordinate a drop off time.
Spring Hill 15 Astor Terrace Monday - Friday 7:30am - 3:30pm Call Baked Relief Angel Samantha 0431 226 314 and she can let you in.
Grange 179 Days Road Monday - Friday Anytime Baked Relief Angel Nickia can help you.
Bardon 64 Lugg Street Monday - Thursday 7am - 7pm Angel Helen is accepting baking.
Upper Kedron and Samford Please message our Baked Relief angel Angela for address - 0408717835.
Lawnton Monday - Thursday 9am - 7pm Please message or phone the lovely Alison for address on 0416 745 904.
Nudgee 10 Kurraree Place Monday - Friday 7am - 7pm Saturday 7am - 4pm Angel Lisa is accepting baking
WHAT TO BAKE: Goods which will travel well and will be enjoyed by emergency services, those in recovery centres and those helping those in need. More information on what to bake: www.bakedrelief.org/new-page-2
WANT TO GIVE OTHER ITEMS: Please contact GIVIT - Goods For Good Causes to assist with other items.
Queensland to Tasmania is facing above normal bushfire risk this season. Of note - it is proving difficult to get local and state government services to conduct a community bushfire safety meeting for the greater western Brisbane Blair region....12 months since initial request and still waiting....
The closest neighbourhood safer place (NSP) identified for the Brisbane component of Blair is Brookfield showgrounds - approx 20kms away. There are currently no NSP’s identified for the Ipswich City Council area.
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