Spirits high at bushfire evacuation centre

Bushfire evacuation centre
Bundaberg Red Cross president Carol Delnevo (right) and co-worker “Reg” Williams worked a 12 hour overnight shift at the bushfire evacuation centre.

About 40 people took advantage of Bundaberg Regional Council's bushfire refuge at the Isis Cultural Centre in Childers on Wednesday night.

Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor said spirits were high despite people being unable to stay in their homes.

The evacuation centre was established after fires threatened properties in the Woodgate, Walkers Point and Buxton areas.

QFES announced overnight that Kinkuna Waters Estate residents, who had previously evacuated, were now able to return to their homes.

Late yesterday, QFES advised that Buxton residents could return home. Cr Trevor said about half the people at the evacuation centre were from Buxton.

The fire which jumped the Gregory River at Buxton was burning within containment lines at Devils Elbow Road.

“Buxton residents are allowed to return to their properties. Buxton Road has reopened,” QFES said.

“Fire crews will continue working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.”

Cr Trevor said the mood at the evacuation centre was “pretty cheery” under the circumstances.

He said people were being looked after by Council staff, Red Cross and Salvation Army.

“We've got a couple of stressed people and a few animals we've had to deal with but most people are feeling pretty good.

“All the motels in Childers are full, there's a lot of people downtown eating in the pubs, that kind of thing.”

Mayor Jack Dempsey called in at the evacuation centre and thanked emergency services for their efforts in fighting the fires.

For latest emergency information visit the Bundaberg Regional Council Disaster Dashboard and QFES Facebook.

  • Earlier report: Isis Cultural Centre established as bushfire refuge
Childers evacuation centre
Mayor Jack Dempsey talks to people at the Isis Cultural Centre, which was established as a place of refuge from fires in the Woodgate, Walkers Point and Buxton areas.