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Council urges residents to prepare for bushfire season

28 October, 2016

Residents living in Brisbane’s west are being urged to get prepared for bushfire season, and Brisbane City Council is hosting dedicated information sessions to help the community prepare their homes and families.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council would host two bushfire awareness sessions at Upper Kedron and The Gap in partnership with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and State Emergency Service (SES).

“One of the great things about living in Brisbane is our access to more than 9000 hectares of beautiful bushland, however as these conservation reserves border residential areas, managing fire risk is vital for protecting nearby homes,” Cr Quirk said.

“Ensuring public safety is Council’s top priority and along with undertaking a range of preventative measures such as hazard reduction burns to mitigate bushfire risks, Council offers a range of tools and information to help residents be prepared.”

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

“Council has invested more than $1.5 million this financial year for this season’s fire preparedness activities, which includes upgrading or constructing new fire access tracks, construction of a new fire management trailer to assist with wildfire response and planned burning operations,” he said.

“We know weather events including fires can be unpredictable and I urge residents who live next to bushland or in rural areas to play their part, and have a bushfire survival plan in place.

“All Brisbane residents can 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.

“We also encourage households to prepare an emergency kit with important household items, insurance documents, emergency phone numbers and necessary items for your children and pets and keep this in an easily accessible place at home.”

The bushfire awareness sessions will be held on 29 October, with Council, QFES and SES staff on hand to offer expert advice on bushfire risks and how to prepare your family, pets and property for all types of weather.

The sessions also include a free sausage sizzle and giveaways and will take place at the following locations on 29 October:

• Upper Kedron Recreation Reserve, Upper Kedron, 10am – 12 noon
• Walton Bridge Reserve (playground area on northern side of Waterworks Road), The Gap, 1 – 3pm

For more information on how to prepare for all weather events visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared or call Council on 07 3403 8888.

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