Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed on December 2 that a full review into the response to Fraser Island’s significant bushfire damage had been approved.
Palaszczuk stated: “It’s understandable that those who love the island want to be assured that everything that could be done to protect it has and is being done. That is why I can confirm the inspector-general emergency management has been instructed to conduct a full review.”
Visitors have been barred from the island since November 27. Dr Gabriel Conroy, a conservation biologist at the University of the Sunshine Coast, told the Guardian that the scale of fire damage represented a “catastrophe,” for the area.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services told the Guardian on December 1 that the fire was encroaching on the Valley of the Giants, a region on the island that is home to trees more than a millennium old.
This footage was shot from waters off the eastern side of Fraser Island on November 29. Credit: Jodi Alexander via Storyful