Preparations underway for 2015 bushfire season
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is urging residents to prepare their homes ahead of the 2015 bushfire season, with Council completing a serious of hazard-reduction burns to protect Brisbane homes and bushland areas.
Cr Quirk said a number of planned burns, including one in Kuraby today, aimed to reduce the amount of available fuel for bushfires by 75 per cent, as well as diminishing the intensity and spread of any fires.
“Council is committed to ensuring Brisbane residents’ safety which is why we have invested $4 million this year to carry out hazard-reduction activity, maintain fire-fighting equipment and undertake fire trail maintenance, to prevent, prepare for and respond to bushfires,” Cr Quirk said.
“Hazard reduction burns are not only vital for protecting our homes, they are also important for maintaining our environmental habitats.
“This year we have completed seven hazard reduction burns across approximately 108 hectares, which is slightly lower than average due to a wet start to the season and the weather conditions.”
“Council is constructing fire breaks, maintaining walking tracks, conducting weed treatment and monitoring vegetation and fuel load, all to prepare for the upcoming bushfire season.”
Cr Quirk said that while Council was prepared for severe weather hazards, it was important that residents also take all precautions to protect their family and property.
“The southeast Queensland bushfire season usually runs from August to November each year, however it can extend beyond this, so it is important that residents are prepared,’ Cr Quirk said.
“Hazard reduction burns don’t completely eliminate the risk of bushfire, so we urge residents who live next to bushland or in rural areas to have a bushfire survival plan and practice it with their family.
Council encourages all residents to prepare their properties by tidying the yard, clearing gutters and overhanging branches and raking up twigs and dried leaves from around the house and garden.
Council also operates 14 four-wheel drive fire appliance units distributed across the city’s four regions and currently employs 115 fire fighting trained staff to undertake planned burns and assist relevant agencies if a bushfire occurs.
For more information visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared
or call Council on 3403 8888.