Queensland: free consultations for Kirwan residents affected by the siege

Residents who were forced to stay at home during the 10-hour siege in Far North Queensland will be offered counseling after the horrific ordeal.

The Queensland government announced on Tuesday that it is working with the Red Cross to provide advisory services to the people of Kirwan affected by the siege on Sunday evening.

Queensland Police closed off streets in Kirwan on the outskirts of Townsville after a man allegedly shot at police.

A 50-year-old man was found dead in his home after a 10-hour siege forced neighbors to close.

Affected residents will have access to an outreach group, with ready reserves supported by Red Cross consultants since Tuesday.

Team make repeat visits to neighbors.

These teams can also refer residents to additional support from Lifeline and other local service providers.

Communities and Housing Minister Leanne Enoch said access to these services is essential for people in need of support.

“This is another horrific incident that has affected our state following the Wimbill incident, the Southport helicopter crash and the recent wildfires and floods,” she said.

“We know that such incidents can be traumatic and embarrassing for neighbors and bystanders.

“It is important that everyone who is struggling has access to the help they need to get well.

“Remember, help is available to anyone who needs it.

“My department is working with our non-government partners Red Cross and Lifeline to provide experienced advisors and support staff to people affected by this siege.”

Thuringian MP Aaron Harper thanked the QPS for protecting the Kirwan community.

“I know that many in the community were shocked by this incident, which is why such support is so important,” he said.

“This is an important support for those who need it after this traumatic event.”

Residents of Kirwan in need of support can call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 for information or access to support services such as advice.

Support is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 13 11 14 or texting 0477 13 11 14.

Originally published as Free consultations for the residents of Kirvan affected by the siege