Unanimous resolution to form Mt Cotton & Districts Rural Fire Brigade

Monday, 31 Aug 2015

Sunday 30th August saw over 80 landholders and residents attend a public meeting to discuss the need for a community fire brigade.

Mt Cotton and district is currently within a 24 hour manned urban fire and rescue station area, and the local community members would like to compliment this paid service through a volunteer Rural Fire Brigade.

The meeting was convened by local Councillor Julie Talty, chaired by Mayor Karen Williams and in addition to the concerned locals were State MP Matt McEachan and Federal MP Andrew Laming.

The unanimous decision of the public meeting was that there is a need for a Rural Fire Brigade in the Mt Cotton & District and that the Redland City, on behalf of the public meeting write to the Commissioner QFES requesting a brigade registration number pursuant to section 79 of the Act.

79 Formation of rural fire brigade

(1) Any group of persons may apply to the commissioner for registration as a rural fire brigade.

(2) The commissioner may grant or refuse an application and, in the case of the granting of an application, must assign a registration number to the rural fire brigade.

(3) The commissioner may at any time cancel the registration of a rural fire brigade.

The RFBAQ has been supporting the residents and City Council during this process, and will hopefully welcome a new Rural Fire Brigade into the Caboolture District before Christmas.

It is almost 12 months since North Stradbroke residents convened a public meeting for similar reasons, and North Stradbroke RFB is now a very active brigade conducting mitigation and responding to community needs.

“Rural Fire Brigades, the backbone of a resilient community”

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