Bushfire management
  • Last updated:
  • 05 Jul 2020

Council's bushfire management plans help protect and maintain ecosystems in the Sunshine Coast's 6,758 hectares of bushland reserves, and our Bushland Reserve Network Fire Management Guidelines[3759KB] have been developed to identify the range of bushfire management issues relevant to council and the actions required to address them.

We currently undertake a number of activities to reduce the risk of bushfires including:

  • making and maintaining a network of fire trails across the region for emergency vehicle access in the event of bushfires
  • assessing the bushfire risk from council reserves to nearby properties
  • some burning to reduce fuel loads and maintain the nature found in the reserve
  • mapping of planned and unplanned fires across the reserve network, and
  • supporting the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service as required in wildfire events.

Fire management plans

Council prepares fire management plans for larger council reserves.

Upcoming prescribed burns

Date: Sunday 5 July 2020 - weather dependent, Sunshine Coast Council staff will be conducting a small (3.9 hectare) hazard reduction burn.

Time: 10am to 4pm, approximately.

Location: Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, 33 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha 4556 - see location map[2143KB].

Details: As a component of the bushland fire management program for the Sunshine Coast Council, a section of Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens has been identified as requiring a prescribed burn. The aim of this burn is to reduce the volume of forest fuels and to maintain a fire adapted ecosystem. A permit to light fire has been issued to council by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Please note, only a small section of the reserve is planned to be burnt. Sections of the reserve will be closed during this period.

Smoke: Smoke from the fire will be closely monitored and is not expected to significantly affect surrounding residents or road ways.
Smoke will be noticed in areas around:

  • Radbourne Road (TANAWHA)
  • Between the Bruce Highway & Tanawha Tourist Drive (TANAWHA)
  • Wilson Road (TANAWHA).

As a precaution, road users are advised to drive to suit conditions, with some potential for smoke to reduce visibility. Residents (if affected by smoke) are advised to close windows and doors, utilise air-conditioning and keep respiratory medication close at hand. Seek medical advice if you are susceptible to bushfire smoke. Light residual smoke may be experienced for up to [1] day following this period

Communication: Threats to life and property should be directed to Qld Fire and Emergency Services (call 000). General queries relating to the burn should be directed to council’s customer service centre on (07) 5475 7272 or 1300 007 272.

For details about other ways council is managing our natural environment, view the Environment and Liveability Strategy.

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