With the Sunshine Coast’s planned burn season well underway, residents are being given the chance to learn skills which could prove invaluable in protecting themselves and their property from fire.

Seqwater, together with the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, is hosting a free fire management workshop this Saturday.

The workshop, to be held at the Mooloolah Community Centre, is specifically aimed at helping people living near Seqwater’s Ewen Maddock Dam but also offers information of benefit to other Sunshine Coast residents.

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said it was important everyone understood the fire risks on their own properties and how to manage and respond to those risks.

“The partnership with the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium to facilitate these workshops is an important part of Seqwater’s 2016 fire management program,” Mr Dennis said.

“These events help create a more knowledgeable and engaged community, when it comes to fire.

“We work very closely with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services as well as other agencies during the planned burn season and we want to work closely with our neighbours too.

“Through these vital workshops, we can address fire management together as a community and be better prepared.”

South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium’s Craig Welden said controlling fire risk was an important element of land management for all property owners.

“Our workshops aim to improve the landholder’s capacity to undertake fire management activities and preparedness on their properties,” Mr Welden said.

“We help landholders to consider the various elements which contribute to fire risk including weed management, local ecology, and property protection from bushfire.”

Ewen Maddock Dam fire management workshop

Date: Saturday 23 July 2016 Time: 9am to 3pm

Where: Mooloolah Community Centre, 43 Bray Road, Mooloolah Valley RSVP:

Email: events@seqwater.com.au with your name, number and address

Catering: Morning tea, lunch and refreshments will be provided

The workshop looks at both rural and residential land, using maps to look at the local ecology and fire hazards relevant to the area.

At the end of the workshop, attendees will receive property maps, a property fire planning kit and the tools for creating a property fire management plan.

Seqwater is preparing to conduct up to seven planned burns around Ewen Maddock Dam this planned burn season. This includes one larger burn on Seqwater land along Tunnel Ridge Rd.

Caption: RFSQ Inspector Paul Storrs shows how fire travels across the landscape using a purpose built bushfire simulation table