Queensland, August 2011

Bushfire - South Western Queensland

From August to October 2011, approximately 345 fires occurred in Queensland throughout 42 local government areas. These included Baloone, Banana, Barcaldine, Barcoo, Blackall-Tambo, Boulia, Bulloo, Bundaberg, Burdekin, Burke, Carpentaria, Cassowary Coast, Central Highlands, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Croydon Shire Council, Diamantina, Etheridge, Flinders, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gympie, Hinchinbrook, Isaac, Longreach, Mackay, Maranoa, McKinlay, Mount Isa, Murweh, North Burnett, Paroo, Richmond, Rockhampton, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Tablelands, Toowoomba, Townsville, Western Downs, Whitsunday and Winton.

The areas most severely affected by bushfire were farmland west of the Great Dividing Range in the southern half of the state, as well as some areas around Mount Morgan in central Queensland and Townsville and Charters Towers in the north.

In October 2011, Commonwealth financial assistance was made available to the Queensland Government through the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Information Sources

ABC News, ‘Little relief in sight for Queensland bushfires’, 20 September 2011, website viewed 30 November 2011
Disaster Assist, Current disasters – Queensland bushfires (August – October 2011), 23 November 2011, website viewed 30 November 2011