Independent market research company MCR will conduct an in-depth survey of Queenslanders as part of the 2018 Queensland Bushfire Review.
The additional research will endeavour to “assess the effectiveness of preparedness activity and response to the major bushfires that occurred from late November to early December”.
MCR will carry out the survey in three of the key fire-affected areas: Eungella, Finch Hatton and Dalrymple Heights; Gracemere (near Rockhampton); Agnes Water, Baffle Creek and Deepwater.
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said the survey is just one of the strategies being implemented to collect important information: “Public safety is at the heart of this review and so it is imperative that significant efforts are undertaken to comprehensively capture views, opinions and perspectives from the recent fire events,” Mr Crawford said.
Inspector-General Emergency Management Iain MacKenzie and his office have already sought submissions from a range of key stakeholders, and encourages any member of the public affected by the fire to contribute to the review by the end of February, 2019.
Mr Mackenzie and members of his office will continue to attend debriefs and community meetings to hear first-hand the experiences of those affected.
“This review is about gathering facts and listening [to] those involved so that we can further strengthen Queensland’s emergency management arrangement and practices,” Mr Mackenzie said.
For information on how to lodge a public submission, visit igem.qld.gov.au