OPINION: Nowhere does community quite like Bundaberg.

It was astonishing to see the sheer number of people out and about on Sunday night searching for a young, lost girl.

Within moments of an online post, concerned residents of Woongarra Village and other areas rushed out on their Easter Sunday to help look for the youngster.

People worked together to share where they'd searched, even checking areas as far as the airport.

Of course it was a huge relief when a band of young men who had been searching for hours were the first to spot her.

Police and emergency services were also busy putting in a tremendous effort. It just goes to show that when a community unites, good things happen.

There's a lesson we can all learn from this and that is that when we all have each others' backs, the world is a better place.

Crystal Jones

UPDATE: The community's spirit was alive and well in Bundaberg's Woongarra Village after hundreds turned out to help find a missing girl.

Word spread quickly over social media that an 11-year-old girl had been seen walking in cane fields before she was reported missing between 3 and 4pm Sunday.

Queensland Fire and Rescue, Bundaberg police and detectives patrolled the streets and combed the cane fields into the night.

At the same time, hundreds of residents were searching on foot, in cars and on motorbikes for any sign of the lost girl.

Four local boys, who were the first to find the missing girl around midnight, said they kept searching even after it got cold.

Joel Brown, Chris Chapman, Jackson Brown and Monty Chapman said they didn't know the young girl, but wanted to make sure she was safe and well.

"Ever since we started searching we were getting worried about her because it was getting dark and a bit cold and we were wondering how she is," Chris said.

Monty said their hours of searching were worth it when the young girl was found alive and well.

"We just started at like three o'clock and started searching for her in the cane fields, and later in the night we started searching the streets and just before we were sitting in front of the house and we saw her come from down the street and we just ran down there, seeing her and came back up here and knocked on the door and told her mum," he said.

Local residents have praised the community's efforts, including those of the Brown and Chapman boys.

"A little girl was missing and these wonderful young boys could of just ignored it and did whatever young boys do, but instead they were out in what was considered a cold night to many, to help find this girl," Tammy Varga said.

Sue Essex expressed her thanks to the boys for helping the community.

"We are all proud to have you in our neighbourhood keeping it safe, thank you boys," she said.

Donna Dunba said the four boys were fantastic role models.

"Good on you guys, keep up the great work," she said.

"We need people and role models like you."

Some called for the young men to be publicly thanked, while Dee Venner said locals should be proud.

"Well done you boys are truly a blessing in the community, your determination to find this little girl was remarkable, your parents and family should be very proud," she said.

A young girl became lost in cane fields.
A young girl became lost in cane fields. Crystal Jones

UPDATE 1AM: An 11-year-old girl has been found safe. 

Hundreds of community members joined a search for the girl who went missing around 3pm Sunday afternoon. 

Four boys, who were the first to notice the girl, said they kept searching even after it got cold. 

Joel Brown, Chris Chapman, Jackson Brown and Monty Chapman said they didn't know the young girl, but wanted to make sure she was safe and well. 

"Ever since we started searching we were getting worried about her because it was getting dark and a bit cold and we were wondering how she is," Chris said. 

The girl was found around midnight. 

Ambulance crews were called to tend to the girl after she was found. 

She's believed to be in a stable condition. 

Joel Brown, Chris Chapman, Jackson Brown and Monte Chapman.
Joel Brown, Chris Chapman, Jackson Brown and Monte Chapman.

UPDATE  10.30PM: Bundaberg Police and Bundaberg Fire and Rescue officers are continuing to search the Woongarra Village area for an 11-year-old girl who went missing.

The girl was last seen in the area during daylight hours. 

Bundaberg Police have reassured parents that they don't need to be alarmed. 

Police are expected to release more information.

Police have been  searching Woongarra Village.
Police have been searching Woongarra Village.

UPDATE: Concerned residents have been combing the streets of Woongarra Village in search of a missing girl. 

Locals have taken torches on foot as well as driving around in cars and on motorbikes in the hopes of locating the young girl. 

Police and fire crews search a cane field.
Police and fire crews search a cane field.

EARLIER: Bundaberg Police are searching for a missing 11-year-old girl. 

It is believed the girl was last seen in the Woongarra Village area. 

No other information is available at this stage.

More information to come. 

Police have been  searching for an 11 year old girl.
Police have been searching for an 11 year old girl.

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