Council continues assessment of Redlands Coast fire risks

Redland City Council today announced it had engaged an external consultant to complete an independent review of fire risk for Redlands Coast.

Redland City Mayor and Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Karen Williams said consultants Ten Rivers, who undertook the Russell Island Fire Review, had been engaged to complete a detailed fire strategy review for Council land across the remainder of the city.

“Council has undertaken significant fire risk mapping and planning on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands as part of the Russell Island Fire Review, and is now broadening its focus to key mainland bushland areas,” Cr Williams said.

“The review will consider a host of issues, from public awareness and education to critical asset management and mapping of ‘hot spot’ areas to allow us to focus our fire management resources where there is the greatest need.”

Cr Williams said Council’s fire management programs were year round, with winter months switching the focus to completing future planning and undertaking controlled burns.

“Cooler months provide better weather for undertaking controlled burns, so while waiting for the review findings, Council will continue its ongoing fire management programs to take advantage of conditions,” she said.

“In addition to the upcoming review, Council officers have also provided an initial assessment of the community’s mainland fire risk to develop our controlled burns program for the remainder of 2019.

“Priority parks and reserves under Council’s control were identified through assessments, including physical site inspections or ‘ground truthing’, to visually assess fuel loads, and include areas in Redland Bay, Mount Cotton, Birkdale, Alexandra Hills, Cleveland and Sheldon.

“Burns are planned to take place across the mainland and bay islands in 2019, weather and QFES approval permitting.

“Autumn and winter are also ideal times for private landowners to assess their property’s bushfire risks and take actions to reduce them.”