South East Queenslanders are being reminded to prepare their homes and properties for the upcoming bushfire season as the program of prescribed burns comes to an end.
As a large landholder in South East Queensland, Seqwater has been doing its part to mitigate bushfire risk to Seqwater-owned land and neighbouring properties.
For the past four months, the bulk water supplier has been working closely with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, rural fire brigades and other agencies, as well as many neighbours, to carry out burns across SEQ’s natural areas.Seqwater’s Water Source Services Manager, Robert Drury, said in line with Seqwater’s Fire Management Program, about 25 prescribed burns of various sizes and locations had been completed across South East Queensland since May.
Seqwater Ranger Scott takes part in planned burn at Wyaralong Dam.
Mr Drury said 12 of the burns carried out had been nominated High Priority burn tasks.
“The window for safe and effective prescribed burns may close in the next few weeks. Mr Drury said.
“Despite excellent support across the region, a wet winter and weather instability affected our ability to conduct a number of planned burns.
“We still managed to complete burns across 940 hectares of land. In addition, bushfires this year burnt through about 180 hectares of land, which would have been greater had our prescribed burns not been carried out.
Rural Fire Service Brisbane Regional Manager, Wayne Waltisbuhl, said while local land management agencies, councils and stakeholders carried out mitigation activities in bushfire prone areas, residents should also help prepare their properties for bushfires.
“Many people in Queensland live in areas at-risk of bushfires, but they’re unaware their property is at risk,” Mr Waltisbuhl said.
“QFES has created a quick and easy postcode checker to help residents determine if they live in, or might be travelling though, a bushfire hotspot this season. This is available at qld.gov.au/bushfires.
“There are simple steps people should take to prepare their property for bushfire, like clearing gutters, reducing vegetation around the home and ensuring there is adequate access to the property.
“It’s also important people discuss options with their family and have a Bushfire Survival Plan if a bushfire was to occur nearby.”