News

Man's home saved with help of rural firies

INSPIRED: Coonarr resident Stephen Turner watched crews battle a blaze near his home and is considering joining the service.
INSPIRED: Coonarr resident Stephen Turner watched crews battle a blaze near his home and is considering joining the service.

THE simple act of staying home helped Stephen Turner not only save his home but has also opened the door to him joining the Coonarr Rural Fire Brigade.

"I felt pretty guilty watching them all work so I'm thinking I might join," the 53-year-old said.

Mr Turner, who grew up in the western Sydney suburb of Penrith, had originally planned to travel to Bundaberg yesterday.

But the weekend's fires, which burned more than 100 hectares of bushland, convinced Mr Turner to remain at the home in which he had lived for just the past 18 months.

"This is the first fire I've had to deal with since moving here," he said.

"I've been watching it the whole time.

"The last two days it looked like it was going away."

Firefighters worked around the clock to control the blaze, with Bingera Weir, Goodwood and Childers crews joining Coonarr crews.

Spot fires broke out in Mr Turner's and other nearby residents' yards yesterday as heavy winds combined with the high temperature and low humidity to create optimal conditions for fires.

Firefighters acted quickly to prevent larger problems, but for Mr Turner there was one act on Sunday night that made all the difference.

"They backburned along the fire trail," he said pointing to the fence separating his property and the bushland.

"I'm glad somebody had the foresight to do that.

"It could've been a lot worse."

Rural Fire Service Bundaberg acting area director Craig Magick said the fire at Coonarr had been contained and crews were working to strengthen containment lines.

"Crews will continue to monitor the area over the next 12 to 18 hours," Mr Magick said.

A fire at Monduran yesterday afternoon was a timely reminder that people needed to vigilant in the current

conditions.

A wheel bearing on a boat sparked a small fire, which was quickly contained by crews.

"The smallest thing can spark and cause a fire," Mr Magick said.

He said the fire bans in the Bundaberg and North Burnett regions would remain in place until tonight when they would be reassessed.

He said people should report any fire to 000 immediately to enable crews to deal with it quickly.

He also confirmed that the Coonarr fire and Sunday's Meadowvale fire were suspicious and were under investigation.

Topics:  bushfires coonarr



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Jobs galore for dive site off Bundaberg coast

Ex-HMAS Tobruk.

Major work for locals to get tourism to sea bed

Five things you need to know this weekend

THIS SUNDAY: Maree and Peter Barone have introduced the Artisan Collective at the Shalom Markets.

Fun doesn't need to be out of your reach today and tomorrow

Last day of school year for Queensland students

SCHOOL'S OUT: Bundaberg North State School students Ash-lee Clarke, Sophie Harbourne, Jayne Wake, Vanessa Van Rooigen, Latoya Sullivan and Brae Burgess ready for the Christmas Holidays.

Kids jump for joy as break comes along

Local Partners

Rob's off to start a fresh new chapter

AFTER more than three decades delivering fruit and vegies to loyal customers across Bundaberg, Robert Ward is packing up his ute and retiring.


Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

What's on: Saturday, December 3

Not sure what to do today? We've got you covered

Head to the sugar museum for a sweet taste of history

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the revamped Sugar Museum at Fairymead House is Mayor Jack Dempsey and Fairymead House Team Leader Hayley Vale.

Learn about the industry that made Bundy what it is

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with childhood sweetheart

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with ex

Jennifer Lawrence apologises to the people of Hawaii

Jennifer Lawrence sorry for 'offensive' story

Cruz Beckham's single a 'one-off'

He is not planning to launch a full-time music career yet.

Louis Tomlinson's mother dies aged 42

Louis Tomlinson's mother has died.

Star Wars spin off gets green light grom Lucas

Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen star in the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Lucas said to have enjoyed the latest Star Wars spin-off

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!