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Preparations underway for bushfire season

12 August, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is urging residents to prepare their homes ahead of the 2014 bushfire season, following an uncharacteristically dry winter that has resulted in parched bushland.

The Lord Mayor said planned burns would help reduce the amount of available fire fuel for wildfires and reduce the intensity and spread a fire could have.

“Council is committed to ensuring Brisbane residents’ safety which is why we have invested $3.6 million this year to carry out hazard reduction burns, maintain fire fighting equipment and undertake fire trail maintenance, to prevent, prepare for and respond to bushfires,” Cr Quirk said.

“This year we have completed 10 hazard reduction burns across approximately 220 hectares burned with further planned burns dependant on weather and local conditions.

“New fire access tracks have also been constructed in Mt Coot-tha Forest and Brisbane Koala Bushlands as well as the installation of water tanks in Tinchi Tamba Wetlands where there was previously no town water to access, in case of fire.”

Cr Quirk said that while Council was prepared for severe weather hazards, all residents should take precautions to protect their family and property.

“The South East 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 provide 100 per cent protection from fire risk, 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.

“We have a very strong record with conducting planned burns and have completed a total of 64 burns across the city since 2010.”

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 17 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.

[Ends] AUGUST 12, 2014

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