Monday, June 17, 2024

Bushfire recovery continues for Millmerran Downs

A community hub that residents can visit for bushfire recovery support and assistance will be open again this week at Millmerran Downs, Toowoomba Regional Council has announced today.

Mayor and Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group, Geoff McDonald said the bushfire recovery around Millmerran Downs and Cypress Gardens would continue with assistance for residents to get back on their feet following the recent fires.

“TRC is focussing its efforts in helping people via responding to immediate need through ‘make-safe’, reinstatement of potable water supply and other support arrangements following these devastating fires,” he said.

“Residents can again drop-in to the Wylahra Grove Hall on Friday to access a range of services to help them recover.

“Right now, we need people to be particularly aware that QFES may have used blaze tamer and chemical retardant to protect structures and bring the fires under control and if your property was in the direct fire zone, it is likely these chemicals have been used.”

The Wylahra Grove Progress Association Hall will be open as a drop-in centre this Friday 3 November from 10am until 4pm with the following service providers in attendance:

  • Services Australia Mobile team
  • Community Recovery Team
  • Lifeline
  • Rural Financial Counselling Service
  • St Vincent De Paul
  • Rotary
  • Telstra – NBN
  • Insurance Council of Australia
  • Toowoomba Regional Council

Fire-impacted residents in the localities of Millmerran Woods, Millmerran Downs, Cypress Gardens, Wattle Ridge, Forest Ridge, Condamine Farms, The Pines and Captains Mountain are being encouraged by the Council to attend.

“Council will also assist fire-impacted residents by providing water credits for use at Council’s local standpipe as well as further resources for cleaning down roofs and gutters to ensure tanks for drinking water aren’t compromised by the fire retardant chemicals,” said Mayor McDonald.

“We would advise residents in these areas to not allow any rainwater to flow into tanks before your roof and/or gutters are cleaned, this may mean you need to disconnect your tank for the time being, particularly with the forecast potential for much-needed rain this weekend.”

Council is also considering how best to support impacted residents to clear their properties of fire-impacted items and debris.

“Rubbish and waste removal of possessions destroyed by fire and/or smoke can be disposed of at the Millmerran Waste Management Facility, Owens Scrub Road, Millmerran with access via Foxwood Road.”

“Fire-impacted residents can utilise the Millmerran Waste Management Facility free of charge to dispose of possessions destroyed by fire and/or smoke,” Mayor McDonald said.

A local fire ban remains in place for the Toowoomba Region as well as most of Southern Queensland with 64 of Queensland’s 77 local government areas now under a local fire ban.

Mayor McDonald also again encouraged those people who needed community support and assistance, or wanting to donate to those in need, to register through the Givit web site.

“Anyone looking to donate to those in need following these devastating fires can do so through the Givit web site which also allows people who need assistance to register and be matched up with people looking to donate.”

“Givit has been the go-to organisation across many natural disasters since the 2011 floods and I encourage the community to visit their web site so donations can be coordinated appropriately.

“Please do not bring donations to any location that has not been authorised by relevant authorities,” he said.

For current bushfires and warnings, visit https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/Current-Incidents.

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