Council lights up for bushfire prevention
  • Saturday 23 June 2012

Amidst the chill of winter Sunshine Coast Council is set to turn up the heat to reduce the risk of local bushfires.

Local Disaster Group Chair Cr Tim Dwyer said controlled prescribed burns would occur in Ben Bennett Bushland Park in Caloundra and Boyle Road Bushland Conservation Reserve at Belli Park over the coming months.

"This is part of an annual program of controlled prescribed burns that council undertakes prior to the start of the peak bushfire season from September to November," he said.

"Council will conduct approximately 12 controlled burns at specific sites across the Sunshine Coast over the next two months.

"The aim of these burns is to reduce the volume of forest fuels and to create a mosaic pattern of burnt and unburnt areas within these parks and bushlands.

"Doing this will help reduce the intensity of any subsequent wildfires if they were to occur and reduce the risk to Sunshine Coast residents and properties."

Controlled prescribed burns will be conducted by council officers in Ben Bennett Bushland Park and Boyle Road Bushland Conservation Reserve on the first suitable weekday between Monday 25 June and Friday 3 August, 2012.

The burn in Ben Bennett Bushland Park will encompass approximately 1.5 hectares and commence at approximately 4pm on the (appropriate selected day) and is expected to be completed by 8pm. The burn in Boyle Road Bushland Conservation Reserve will encompass approximately 20 hectares and is planned to commence at approximately 2pm (on the appropriate selected day) and be completed by 8pm. Access to these areas will be restricted while burns are in progress.

Residents living in the immediate vicinity of the prescribed burns have been notified of the activities and provided with contact details for council’s Bushfire Management Officer.