South Burnett Regional Council Disaster Management Officer Donna Brown, Captain Russell Hood (QFES Kingaroy) and BMCAI secretary Carol Weekes

April 27, 2021

The much-discussed Bunya Mountains Community Disaster Management Sub-Plan was officially launched on Saturday morning.

Residents gathered at Lyrics Restaurant in Dandabah to be briefed on the plan by representatives from the South Burnett and Western Downs regional councils.

The boundary between the two regions bisects the Bunya Mountains so both councils worked on development of the plan.

It was launched following a final review from the Bunya Mountains Community Association Inc (BMCAI).

The Sub-Plan describes the process, response steps and responsibilities should a disaster – such as a bushfire – arise on the mountains.

Residents gathered in small groups to discuss the document, which will be available to download from both councils’ websites.

The pressure to develop an emergency plan followed a bushfire at the base of the Bunya Mountains in 2019.

The fire burned close to the boundaries of Russell Park on the Dalby side of the mountains. 

National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel joined with local rural brigades from the Bunya Mountains and the Toowoomba region to battle the blaze, which burned for days.

Residents feared the fire could have spread into Russell Park and then up the mountain, threatening homes as well as the National Park.

BMCAI and  the Bunya Mountains Rural Fire Brigade sought advice from the two councils and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services in regards to what would happen should the community be threatened by another bushfire or disaster.

Multiple consultation meetings followed which culminated in Saturday’s event.

The launch was followed by a family fun day on the lawns in front of the restaurant.

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Sgt Scott Pogan, from Dalby Disaster Management, with Western Downs SES Local Controller Sharn Pogan, Western Downs Regional Council Disaster Management Officer Tobias Burwood and Jandowae SES deputy group leader Ian Derome
Peter Taylor (Bunya Mountains Rural Fire Brigade) with SES Area Controller Sally Bloomfield and QFES Community Engagement Officer Julie Bruynius, from Caloundra
Kingaroy QFES personnel … Lieutenant Ryan Hall and firefighters Hannah Mandall and Shane Kratzmann
SES South Burnett Southern Controller Arthur Dawson, back row, second from right; with SES members from Nanango and Kingaroy
Maidenwell Rural Fire Brigade members Steve Bliss (3rd Officer) and Robyn Bliss (1st Officer)
SES mascot Paddy Platypus with Kingaroy SES member Stan Cusworth
Children were clambering over the emergency vehicles at the family fun day
Residents gathered in small groups at Lyrics to discuss the new disaster plan (Photo: BMCAI)
Copies of the new Community Disaster Management Sub Plan were distributed at the morning launch (Photo: BMCAI)
Emergency services and Council personnel at the Bunya Mountains Community Resilience and Preparedness Day
(Photo: BMCAI)

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