The premier has called for a full review into the Fraser Island fire
The premier has called for a full review into the Fraser Island fire

UPDATE: Mayor welcomes Premier's investigation into fire

UPDATE: Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour has welcomed the announcement made by the Premier in  parliament that the State Government will conduct a full review into the emergency response to the K'gari Fraser Island fire and the management of the Island before the blaze took hold will be conducted.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament on Wednesday that the Inspector General of Emergency Management had been instructed to conduct a full review into the bushfire currently burning on Fraser Island.

Mayor George Seymour said that the review needs to carefully consider the advice of people who have lived and worked on the island for many years. 

"Different options need to be put on the table," he said. 

"We cannot let this happen again. 

"While bushfires are an essential part of the Australian environment, this fire is uncontrolled and if we do not get rain it will still be burning in the new year.

"K'gari Fraser Island is on the World Heritage Register for its cultural, environmental and scientific values, we need to ensure that this unique and special places are protected; not just built infrastructure."

EARLIER: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has asked for a full review into the management of the wildfire that has razed almost half of Fraser Island.

The move comes amid widespread concerns about the management of the fire which is believed to have started from an illegal campfire and has now burned for six weeks.

Speaking in parliament this week, Ms Palaszczuk said 75 firefighters, 21 aircraft and 30 trucks had been fighting the blaze.

"This is in addition to national parks and wildlife officers whose planned burns on the island has reached an average of 13,000 hectares a year which is more than recommended," she said.

"Fraser Island is one of the jewels in Queensland's crown.

"K'gari is beloved not just here but all over the world.

"Which makes the sight of it burning so painful.

"More than a million litres has been dumped on the fires but I am informed the sandy nature of the soil means it quickly drains away.

"Mr Speaker, it's understandable that those who love the island want to be assured that everything that could be done to protect it has and is being done.

"That is why I can confirm the Inspector General of Emergency Management has been instructed to conduct a full review.

"He will examine all aspects of preparedness and response.

"Mr Speaker, heatwave conditions predicted this week will further test our firefighters.

"I want to thank each and every one of them for what they do for us every day and for what they are doing to control the fire on K'gari."

The Chronicle understands Park Rangers have spoken out about understaffing on the island, while reports have emerged of fire trucks being unable to access the fire due to mismanaged fire trails.

Stakeholders in the area say they are frustrated about a "diabolic" amount of red tape that they say may have hindered efforts to control the blaze.

"It is obscene the amount of red tape that I have to jump through … to be able to just give back to something that needs to be protected," Hana Robinson of Drop Bear Adventures said.



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