Are you bushfire prepared?

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With hot and dry conditions across the Southern Downs and Australia-wide, bushfires pose a very real threat to the Southern Downs region.

You don’t have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire, just close enough to be affected by burning embers or smoke.

It only takes a few weeks of hot, dry and windy weather to create dangerous fire conditions.

Fires can occur in suburbs where houses have grassland, bush or parkland around them.

The current fire situation across Australia is a timely reminder to review your fire evacuation plan, or to start one if you don’t have one already. It’s also a good time to remove leaves from gutters and remove general rubbish from your yard.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and the Rural Fire Service are encouraging local residents to PREPARE.ACT.SURVIVE this bushfire season.

Further information on bushfire survival plans from the Queensland Rural Fire Service is available at the following links:

Prepare Act Survive     bushfire survival plan   

For real time emergency information and updates visit Queensland Alert.

Neighbourhood Safer Places

A Neighbourhood Safer Place is a local open space or building where people can gather as a last resort to seek shelter from a bushfire. Its purpose is to save lives in a bushfire, but it does not guarantee safety in all circumstances.

Neighbourhood Safer Places sites have undergone an assessment process and have met the required selection criteria as Neighbourhood Safer Places - A Place of Last Resort in a Bushfire.  

See below for more information on Neighbourhood Safe Places.

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Neighbourhood Safer Places Site Approval - Southern Downs Regional Council area  (PDF 7MB)

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