Queensland bushfire heroes deserve top honour

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has recommended formal recognition for the men and woman who helped contain Queensland’s catastrophic bushfires.

Ms. Frecklington has written to the National Emergency Medal Committee in Canberra asking them to consider opening a citation application process.

In the past, the National Emergency Medal has been awarded to people who worked or volunteered during the Victorian Bushfires in 2009 and the Queensland floods of 2010-2011 and Cyclone Yasi.

Ms. Frecklington said the Queensland bushfires was another significant natural disaster that could have been more dangerous if it wasn’t for the dedicated agencies that worked tirelessly to ensure people, livestock, vegetation and properties were saved.

“These horrific bushfires brought out the best in Queensland – small communities rallied together, fire crews put their lives on the line and the coordination by numerous agencies was nothing but professional,” Ms. Frecklington said.

“I’ve recently had the privilege of meeting and thanking fire fighters, emergency crews and volunteers in areas including Bundaberg, Agnes Water and Baffle Creek.

“As someone from regional Queensland, I know how difficult the conditions can be and how important small communities are.

“The commitment and hard work shown by these men and women deserves significant public attention and I truly hope other political leaders will join me on my quest to ensure they are honored in the best possible way.

“I strongly believe it is fitting these men and women from across Queensland and interstate receive a National Emergency Medal.

“The LNP is committed to seeing this through and look forward to hearing a response from the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat.’

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