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Upgraded Fire Trails Project Complete

6 December 2017 

Southern Downs Regional Council has completed natural disaster preparation work which was funded by Natural Disaster Resilience funding of $60,000 from the Queensland Government under the 2016-17 Grants and Subsidies Program.

Southern Downs Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group Chair, Cr Tracy Dobie said that the funding enhanced the region’s ability to prepare and withstand one of the Southern Downs region’s highest natural hazard risks: fire.

To assist with containing and managing fires across the landscape, firefighters need good access.

Fire trails are an important part of ensuring firefighters can access fires and safely contain them. They are also used to assist with management of bush fire risk across the landscape.

“Areas and communities across our region have been ravaged by bushfires in the past, and we know from the long term weather outlook that these hazards will only continue into the future,” said Mayor Dobie.

The grant of $60,000, as part of a total project cost of $100,000, enhanced and maintained the fire trail network within the Southern Downs region. The project has significantly enhanced bushfire mitigation and management capability across the Southern Downs Region.

The benefits will be felt specifically in the Goomburra Valley, Maryvale, Freestone Creek, Swanfels, Upper Freestone, Rosehill, Houghton Heights, and Mt Norman, Girraween National Park areas of the Southern Downs.

It has also improved protection for important communications infrastructure for the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) and Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) repeaters located at Mt Dillon, Glen Aplin.

The Mayor highlighted the productive and strong partnership approach to mitigation of bushfires between Council, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Rural Fire Services staff and volunteers in constructing and maintaining the fire trail network.

“At the heart of these improvements is the safety of our residents and their properties. Upgraded fire trails mean that the threat of bushfires can be managed more effectively, with reduced risk to residents,” said the Mayor.

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