Flood inquiry to start as LNP calls for aid to speed up

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford will ask the Inspector-General undertake a review into the devastating floods which have ravaged north Queensland and north-west Queensland.

RAIN ABOUT: Tough conditions have been recorded in the north and north-west due to constant monsoon rain.

RAIN ABOUT: Tough conditions have been recorded in the north and north-west due to constant monsoon rain.

Mr Crawford said the review was standard practice after such a major event.

“I will be tasking the independent Inspector-General Emergency Management to review key preparedness and response elements to monsoonal rains in Queensland,” Mr Crawford said.

“I will also ensure the operation of impacted dams will be reviewed in this process.

“Meanwhile, our fire and emergency services will continue to serve communities in north Queensland with bravery and compassion.”

Mr Crawford said community members would be given the opportunity to provide submissions.

“This event has devastated communities and destroyed homes and businesses,” Mr Crawford said. “There are always lessons which can be learned from events like this.

Meanwhile, Opposition agriculture spokesman Tony Perrett has called on all levels of government to get much-needed feed out of Brisbane and up to starving cattle in the north-west.

Mr Perrett said B-double semi-trailers full of hay had been waiting to go north since Monday while a military cargo plane had been on the tarmac at Amberly Air Base since Tuesday.

“Thousands of cattle are needlessly dying while the Palaszczuk Labor government is standing around waiting for someone to give them the okay to send desperately-needed feed,” Mr Perrett said.

“The federal government has already approved. Labor needs to stop wasting time and get the plane in the air.

“..Graziers in the north-west have undergone significant hardship from both drought and now floods and Labor’s delays are shameful.

“The Liberal National Party supports graziers and will be doing everything in our power to help the community get back on their feet as soon as possible.”