Feds commit to army bushfire back-up if state agrees

THE Federal Government has committed to providing army support to the bushfire affected communities of Winfield, Captain Creek, Baffle Creek and Deepwater.

However, their presence will still need to be requested by state authorities.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd revealed the federal plans in a media statement tonight.

"...Senator Linda Reynold in the Federal Government this afternoon committed to provide support from the army to assist in the wake of the devastating fires that are raging to the north and south of Agnes Water and Town of Seventeen Seventy, including Winfield, Captain Creek, Baffle Creek and Deepwater," the statement read.

"Today I witnessed first-hand the effect these fires are having on the communities in my electorate and given the volatile nature of the changing wind and weather patterns I spoke to the Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack and requested assistance from Senator Reynolds for the military to assist where needed," Mr O'Dowd said. 

"As I mentioned earlier, I have been humbled by the amazing men and women working tirelessly around the clock. The firefighters, police, ambulance, SES, volunteers and residents.

"So hopefully we will have the army back-up because they are ready to assist on request of the Queensland Government Authorities."


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