THANK YOU: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visits Peregian Beach to pay tribute to the colossal effort and courage shown by firefighters during the horrendous fires. Photo: John McCutcheon
THANK YOU: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visits Peregian Beach to pay tribute to the colossal effort and courage shown by firefighters during the horrendous fires. Photo: John McCutcheon

Premier visits Peregian as fire conditions worsen

PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk brought good and bad news when she visited Peregian today to thank emergency service personnel for their efforts.

She announced the launch of the Queensland Bushfire Appeal, kickstarted with $100,000 from the State Government.

The funds will be divided equally between Australian Red Cross, Lifeline Queensland, the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland.

The charities’ round-the-clock work is far from finished with fires continuing to burn across the state and conditions growing even worse.

“We received the Bureau of Meteorology report today as well so over the weekend we expect the wind conditions to pick up but early next week, from Monday through to Wednesday, we expect temperatures to be on average five and eight degrees higher than what they have been previously.

“Now what that means is very dry conditions (for) roughly up to half the state.

“So we will give that information out but I please need people to listen to emergency authorities, especially over the next week.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visits Peregian Beach to pay tribute to the colossal effort and courage shown by firefighters during the horrendous fires. Photo: John McCutcheon
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visits Peregian Beach to pay tribute to the colossal effort and courage shown by firefighters during the horrendous fires. Photo: John McCutcheon

Acting Fire Commissioner Mike Wassing said the Coast was experiencing extraordinary conditions early into the fire season.

“This is not an ordinary bushfire season,” Mr Wassing said.

“What we’re seeing is extraordinary dry conditions with the extremes of dry winds and higher temperatures- this will continue for weeks and potentially months.

“There is no outlook of rain and we’re asking the community to be aware of that, make sure we don’t have fires start inadvertently or unnecessarily, and to support our rural fire and our rescue firefighters making sure that prevention is always better than the cure in terms of having to respond.”