CONTROLLED ‘COOL BURN’ SCHEDULED IN PASTURAGE RESERVE

Council has recently issued a notice to a number of residents in McCavanagh Street & Holland Street advising them of an imminent ‘cool burn’ in a section of the Bargara Pasturage Reserve. Weather permitting the burn will take place tomorrow afternoon 21st August.

The following information from the notice follows…….

Controlled fire in the Pasturage Reserve – August 2012

Bundaberg Regional Council and the Gidarjil Development Corporation will shortly be conducting a “cool burn” on part of the Pasturage Reserve in conjunction with the Queensland Rural Fire Service.

The burn will be on approximately 18 hectares of grassland near the Holland St side of the Reserve as marked on the map on the reserve of this flyer. This is about 5% of the reserve.

Why is this burn needed?

Council is managing the Reserve as an environmental park in accordance with the management plan adopted in 2003. Limited cattle grazing will continue to be used to help manage the grass and weed growth in conjunction with environmental restoration efforts. Heavy rainfall over the last few years has increased the fuel load in the reserve, increasing the risk of hot wildfires which could destroy mature trees, sensitive vegetation and wildlife, as well as affect the Mon Repos Turtle Rookery which relies on the reserve for protection from light pollution.

When will this burn be happening?

Depending on weather conditions, it will be between 20th and 24th August and will commence around 4pm on the chosen day.

What is a “cool burn”?

It is a controlled fire which does not scorch the earth nor damage trees, and allows wildlife to escape. A cool burn is only possible under certain weather conditions. In our region, the winter months (including August) are ideal.

Is my property at risk?

There is very little risk. Council has worked closely to plan this burn with an ecologist from the Gidarjil Development Corporation who has experience in conducting cool burns within the region. A team of their rangers, Council staff and representatives from the Rural Fire Service will be on site and will monitor the burn site until it is safe. Fire fighting equipment will be on hand in the unlikely event of the fire getting out of control. No fires will be lit unless the team is confident that conditions are suitable.

What else is happening with the Pasturage Reserve?

  • New fences will soon be constructed to restrict cattle grazing to parfticular areas.
  • A replanting project near the turtle trail will soon commence. It involves 3000 trees planted on 1 hectare of land
  • New “Land for wildlife” signage will be erected
  • Parts of the reserve will be re-leased for cattle grazing under strict conditions

What can I do to help protect the Pasturage Reserve?

  • Do not light fires under any circumstances
  • Do not dump rubbish over your fence, even lawn clippings
  • Attend a working bee of the “Friends of the Pasturage Reserve” group to remove weeds
  • Promote the environmental values of the reserve to your friends and family

Where can I get further information?

Contact Council’s natural resources department on 1300883699 or the Gidarjil Development Corporation on 4130 7705.

 

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