Springwood MP Mick de Brenni and Fire Minister Craig Crawford in talks about Mount Cotton fire service

MEMBER: Springwood MP Mick de Brenni says a rural fire brigade or a full-time fire station at Mount Cotton is up for consideration.
MEMBER: Springwood MP Mick de Brenni says a rural fire brigade or a full-time fire station at Mount Cotton is up for consideration.

SPRINGWOOD MP Mick de Brenni is in talks with Fire Minister Craig Crawford about setting up a Mount Cotton fire service.

Mr de Brenni said that he also wanted to hear from residents about how to best boost local fire-fighting resources.

"A rural fire brigade is definitely up for consideration and so is a full-time fire station, which may be the better option," he said.

Mount Cotton and Sheldon were identified as having an elevated risk from wildfire when the fire danger index increased, in a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services report on Redland City Council fire readiness, commissioned after bay island fires in 2016.

Mr de Brenni said he was hosting a meeting on Sunday with Redland City mayor Karen Williams to provide information to help residents get bushfire ready.

He would take up the community's views with Mr Crawford after Sunday's meeting but had been in discussions with the minister already this week.

Mr de Brenni said that firies and other front line responders from across Australia were working around the clock to keep Queenslanders safe during the current bushfire crisis.

"Their efforts in recent days are nothing short of Herculean," Mr de Brenni said. "But fire safety is something our community needs to think about all year round."

Mr de Brenni said the state government carried out rigorous fire risk mitigation activities to help protect the community, property and the state's environmental and cultural assets.

"But we know that this doesn't remove the risk of fires completely and so I'll be talking to the local community about the needs for better fire services in our region," Mr de Brenni said.

Cr Julie Talty, who stood against Mr de Brenni for the Springwood seat in the last state election, has long campaigned for a rural fire unit. But she has been opposed by other councillors who consider that mainland properties are well covered by district fire units.

In 2015 more than 100 Mount Cotton residents called for a rural fire brigade following a meeting hosted by Redland City mayor Karen Williams.

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson said that it had taken Labor MPs five years to do something about the rural fire service for the Mount Cotton and Sheldon area.

He said that local MPs had done nothing in November last year when a bushfire caused evacuations and loss of properly like cars, sheds, caravans and fences at Sheldon.

"The outcome could have been much worse and we are all grateful to those involved - police and all firies - who prevented loss of life and family homes," Mr Robinson said.

"So, why has it taken five years for local Labor MPs in the Government to voice their support?

"Could it be that the government is embarrassed by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk deserting her post while bushfires were raging across the state to jetset to Switzerland?

"Could it be that recent action taken by Cr Julie Talty and mayor Karen Williams, together with my discussions with the Queensland Rural Fire Services, suddenly jolted Minister de Brenni into looking like he's doing something?"

Mr Robinson said that regardless of what had caused the interest, it was welcome if it resulted in a long-needed rural fire service for Mount Cotton and Sheldon.

Sunday's fire preparedness information session will be at the Mount Cotton hall on the corner of Mount Cotton and Seaview roads from midday to 1pm.

The meeting follows a session on the Heinemann Road sport and recreation precinct. Residents can drop by the Mount Cotton hall anytime between 10am and midday to find out about the project background, activities so far and the way ahead.

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