Media Release – COOL BURN FOR BIODIVERSITY IN BAROLIN NATURE RESERVE

A cool burn will be undertaken on two hectares of the Barolin Nature Reserve during the June-July School Holidays in an effort to manage grass and weed growth in the environmental park.

Division 5 representative Cr Greg Barnes said a ‘cool burn for biodiversity’ was regularly undertaken in the reserve and in this case was specifically aiming to reduce exotic grasses and remove stacks of woody weeds (broad leaved pepper).

“While the exact date of the burn will be determined by weather conditions, it should take place between June 29 and July 10, commencing at approximately 2pm on the chosen day,” Cr Barnes said.

“The school holiday period was targeted to ensure minimal disturbance to Bargara State School while this essential land management exercise is carried out.

“Residents living in the vicinity of the burn site have been notified however motorists travelling along Bargara and Potters Roads during this time are also urged to exercise caution and pay attention to roadside safety signage.”

Cr Barnes said winter was an ideal time to undertake ‘cool burns’ to ensure the region was prepared for the warmer months ahead.

“If we don’t carry out this burn now, we run 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.

“A team of experienced Council staff will be on site to monitor the burn and will remain there until it’s deemed safe.”

Environment and Natural Resources portfolio spokesperson Cr Danny Rowleson said a cool burn was a controlled fire which did not scorch the earth or damage trees and gave wildlife a chance to safely relocate, whilst promoting the natural regeneration of some fire dependent native species of flora.”

“A cool burn is the most environmentally efficient manner in which to deal with the current circumstances,” Cr Rowleson said.

For more information contact Council’s Natural Resources Department on 1300 883 699.

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