Moreton Bay Regional Council this week kicks-off its bushfire season preparations with the first hazard reduction burns for 2018.
Council fire crews, together with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) are conducting a controlled burns today at:
- Dakabin near the Waste Management Facility and RSPCA Dakabin Animal Care Centre
Mayor Allan Sutherland said now was the time for authorities and the community to begin bushfire season preparations with conditions beginning to dry throughout the region.
“Council and state fire authorities have been closely monitoring local bushland and have scheduled more than 35 controlled burns over coming months to prepare for the bushfire season,” Mayor Sutherland said.
Planned burns reduce fire loads and are conducted in accordance with favourable weather conditions. Controlled burns also provide additional benefits such as aiding in weed control and land rehabilitation, and maintaining habitat diversity.
“To keep up-to-date with planned burns in your area tune into local media, or sign up for council’s free MoretonAlert service, which will send you a notification for any upcoming burns via text or email.
For the full list of planned burns in 2018, visit: www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/plannedburns. Properties adjoining planned burn locations will be notified via letterbox drop prior to burns taking place.
Mayor Sutherland said in total, council will conduct burns across more than 300 hectares throughout Moreton Bay, but that doesn’t mean residents can be complacent.
“As council and fire authorities ramp up their fire mitigation activities, it’s important that residents are also prepared.
“Fires don’t limit themselves to bushland. They can occur in suburban areas, near parks and grassland. All it takes is a few burning embers or smoke.
“You can visit council’s website [www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/disaster/bushfire] for information and tips on how to be bushfire-ready.”
Tips to get bushfire ready:
- Clear debris from gutters, trim low-lying branches near the home and regularly mow your lawn
- Relocate flammable items away from your home, including woodpiles, paper, boxes, crates, hanging baskets and garden furniture
- Check you have personal protective clothing and equipment, and that your first aid kit is fully stocked
- Monitor conditions, know the Fire Danger Rating and tune into local media, including radio, social media and websites
List of 2018 burn locations:
Albany Creek – Alpinia Court Park
Arana Hills – Brian Battersby Reserve
Armstrong Creek – Alison Booker Reserve
Banksia Beach – Bribie Arts Centre
Beachmere – Beachmere Conservation Park (H E Corbould Park)
Bongaree – Melsa Park
Bray Park – Lavender Court Reserve
Bunya – Allen Road West
Burpengary East – Nector Way Park
CREEC – Caboolture
Parish Road Park – Cashmere
Hacker Road South Complex – Clear Mountain
Lily Clench Park – Closeburn
McDowells Road Reserve – Dakabin
Dakabin Landfill Station – Draper
Reginald Draper Reserve 13.5ha – Elimbah
Three Ponds Park 7.8ha – Wattlebird Drive Park (North) and Wests Road
Everton Hills – Peter Street North
Ferny Hills – Ivy England Park
Wongam Reserve – Griffin
Vanilla Avenue Park – Kallangur
Alice Mawson Reserve – Kobble Creek
Hipathites Road Reserve/ Mount Samson Road Corner Reserve – Morayfield
Walkers Road Reserve – Mount Glorious
Harland Road Roadside Vegetation (APZ) – Mount Pleasant
Mount Brisbane Road Reserve – Narangba
Quarry Reserve Raynbird Road – Neurum
Neurum Creek Conservation Park – Ningi
Ningi Transfer Station – Grice Crescent Reserve
North Lakes – North Lakes Environmental Reserve Lacebark Street Section
Petrie – Kurwongbah Park
Stony Creek – Stony Creek Rest Area 3.3ha
Toorbul – Toorbul Transfer Station
Wamuran – Quarry Reserve (May Street)
Deveit Road Park – Campbells Reserve
Woodford – Kauri Court Park
Woorim – Second Avenue Road Reserve