Cynthia Lui MP
Member for Cook
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui has called for a roundtable meeting with the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, local council and industry groups to discuss emergency services north of the Daintree.
Following a tragic accident on Cape Tribulation recently, Ms Lui said the Daintree is a hotspot for tourists and that safety is her number one priority.
“This is about ensuring we continue to meet community standards of emergency services into the future, particularly for the remote areas in my electorate,” she said.
“There is absolutely no suggestion the emergency service response to last week’s tragedy was anything less than adequate.
“This roundtable discussion will provide greater insights into the types of challenges this community faces in relation to remoteness.
Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford said he backed the Cook MP’s calls.
“I’m keen to hear from Cynthia’s community about what they’d like to see in terms of resources north of the Daintree,” Mr Crawford said.
“There are three SES groups with 63 active members between the Daintree River and Cooktown, as well as five rural fire brigades.
“We know the response time from emergency services was not a factor in this tragic outcome.
“But we face significant challenges with remoteness and terrain, particularly around the Cape, so it’s important to regularly assess our service delivery.”
Douglas Shire Council Mayor Julia Leu said she was very pleased that her request specifically to the Member for Cook for the roundtable had been agreed to and looked forward to the meeting.
“Our local emergency services do a fantastic job servicing the Douglas Shire, but we do know that the area north of the Daintree River is more isolated and can become vulnerable, particularly during times of disaster.
“I look forward to working with the State Government on how we could improve the safety in the Daintree Coast community.”
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