Queensland is poised to lead Australia’s bushfire recovery efforts and shape new resilience standards, according to the state’s bushfire recovery coordinator.
Areas of the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast hinterland were some of the first to be affected by this summer’s bushfire crisis, with more than 6,000ha of land razed last September, reported Brisbane Times.
“Because our events happened that much earlier than other places, we’ve got an event to lead the way and to show the rest of Australia what’s possible,” state recovery coordinator Ian Stewart said.
Fire bunkers, fire-resistant shrubs and fire-repelling architecture are options residents and tourism operators are incorporating into their rebuilds.
Studies of the natural and built areas that stood up to the blaze are being factored into recovery plans, including the planting of 3,000 fire-resistant shrubs including wattles and heath.
Separately, the Insurance Council of Australia said more than 20,000 claims had been received relating to bushfires which have razed several states since 8 November. The insured losses are estimated at A$1.65bn ($1.1bn).