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Noosa Council ready for bushfire season

September 7, 2023 9:31 am in by
A planned burn on Noosa Council land

Noosa Council said more equipment and proactive mitigation measures mean the region is well-prepared for the bushfire season.

Council has increased its fire mitigation capabilities and added two fit-for-purpose Landcruisers to their light attack vehicles, taking the fleet to five.

Mayor Clare Stewart said fire management measures were a critical part of Council’s annual disaster preparedness activities.

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“I have strongly supported the need for increased mitigation and hazard reduction burns, so it’s pleasing to see the proactive measures being taken,” she said.

Council fire management staff are available to support Queensland Fire and Emergency Service in the event of a bushfire on Council managed land or directly threatening council land.

Fire Management officer Shaun Walsh said Council has developed a fire management team to assist outside their normal work duties.

“We have 16 nationally accredited trained staff who can hit the ground running, assisting with mitigation works and can be utilised as supporting resources to QFES, if required,” Mr Walsh said.

“Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and local Rural Fire Brigades help us prioritise hazard reduction burns and other mitigation measures on Council owned properties,” he said.

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Council has completed four burns on Council owned Bushland Reserves in Cooroibah, Pomona, Ringtail Creek and Weyba Downs and helped the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service with two more on the Noosa trail network.

Residents are also encouraged to do their bit around private properties to prepare for bushfire season.

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