Firebreak upgrades in protected areas south of Brisbane

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships (QPWS&P) will be conducting works to upgrade firebreaks along a number of boundaries in protected areas south of Brisbane. These areas are:

    Urban development now abuts some of the boundaries of these parks. QPWS&P and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have identified some of these areas as urban interface areas where there is currently a high fire risk.

    To address this risk, QPWS&P will be undertaking vegetation management and, in some instances, earth works along and/or close to the park boundaries. These works will:

    • create lower fuel zones adjacent to private properties,
    • help protect life and property from wildfire by reducing the risk of fires spreading to neighbouring properties,
    • improve QPWS&P’s ability to undertake planned burns to reduce fuel loads in QPWS&P managed areas,
    • improve access for fire fighting vehicles and fire fighter safety, and
    • enhance the functionality and service life of critical park firebreaks.

    QPWS&P will be engaging professional contractors to undertake the works.

    The works will involve:

    • removing vegetation (including entire trees) along park boundaries and adjacent to fire lines, and
    • creating some new firebreaks in strategic areas.

    Vegetation that is removed will be mulched and left onsite to create completely clear firebreaks of 5–15 metres wide, depending on the vegetation type and topography. Areas with a higher fire risk will have wider firebreaks.

    The works will occur between 2020 and 2022  . The schedule for carrying out the works in each park is not set at this time. Once the schedule for the works is set and the date for the works to start in a particular park is approaching, QPWS&P will undertake the following actions at least 4 weeks prior to the planned start date in a particular area:

    • Distribute flyers to adjoining property holders advising of the upcoming works and where interested persons can obtain further details.
    • Post signs at the main entrance to the park and at the proposed work sites advising of the upcoming works and where interested persons can obtain further details.
    • Post a Park Alert on the department’s web site advising of the upcoming works and where interested persons can obtain further details.

    Please refer to the maps below for locations and further details about the works for each of the firebreak upgrades.

    Mitigation of environmental and cultural heritage impacts

    Environmental Impact Assessments have been completed for all proposed works.

    In areas of only vegetation management works:

    • There will be no below ground-level disturbance.
    • All trees will be cut as close as possible to ground level and mulched.
    • No trees will be pulled out of the ground or pushed over.
    • Vegetation within 10–20m of all watercourses, gullies or wet areas will generally be retained.
    • An independent fauna (wildlife) spotter will be engaged for all vegetation management works. The wildlife spotter will:
    • Inspect the area approximately one–two weeks prior to the commencement of works to develop a mitigation strategy if necessary.
    • Be on-site while operations are underway.
    • Relocate wildlife that may be impacted by works to a suitable surrounding area in consultation with QPWS&P staff.

    QPWS&P will be implementing a tree replacement program in appropriate areas.

    Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessments will also be undertaken in conjunction with the relevant First Nations group prior to any works.

    Impacts to park users and adjacent residents

    The affected zones within the protected areas will be closed for safety reasons while works are being undertaken. Other sections within the protected areas will remain open to the public.

    Unfortunately, nearby residents may experience some noise and dust while works are underway. These impacts will be minimised as far as possible.

    To mitigate noise and dust, the contractor will only conduct works:

    • between 7am and 4pm Monday to Friday
    • in only one zone at a time within each protected area
    • ensure any dust created is kept to a minimum—this may involve the use of water trucks when necessary.

    Each section will take approximately three weeks to complete, although this will depend on weather, vegetation type, and possible machinery breakdown.

    If you have any concerns about these works, please email the project officer urbaninterface@des.qld.gov.au.

    Maps of works

    • Thick red lines are work areas requiring vegetation management.
    • Thick purple lines are areas where new firebreaks or vehicle passing areas will be constructed.

    Removal of understorey vegetation means removal of all vegetation below 350mm at chest height (including ground cover).

    Daisy Hill Conservation Park

    Daisy Hill Conservation Park -  Zone 1 and Zone 2

    Daisy Hill Conservation Park - Zone 3

    Daisy Hill Conservation Park -  Zone 4 and Zone 5

    Daisy Hill Conservation Park -  Zone 6 and Zone 7

    Daisy Hill Conservation Park -  Zone 8

    • Zone one: Chatswood Road Break. Approximately 1500m.
      Vegetation management: remove 5m of understorey from the edge of the break on the northern side.
      Earth works: create vehicle passing areas every 40–50m where appropriate.
    • Zone two: Southern end of Barking Dog Break and extension to council road reserve along perpendicular boundary. Approximately 200m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area from boundary (all vegetation removed) and remove a further 5m of understorey.
    • Zone three: Join north and south sections of Dennis Break. Approximately 300m.
      Earth works: Continue Dennis Break in a generally southerly direction to meet up with the other end of Dennis break.
    • Zone four: Park boundary east of Elements Retirement Village. Approximately 200m.
      Vegetation management: remove understorey vegetation 5m from boundary.
    • Zone five: Western area of the park.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area from the boundary (all vegetation removed) and remove a further 5m of understorey along the new firebreak on southern end of Basket Fern Break. Class 3 fire line  treatment on all other new breaks.
      Earth works: create new firebreaks along the western and southern boundaries and connecting Ridge Track to Swamp Box Track.
    • Zone six: Dennis Road Break. Approximately 400m.
      Vegetation management: remove all trees along boundary and within current firebreak.
    • Zone seven: Extension of Dennis Road Break. Approximately 200m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area from boundary (all vegetation removed) and remove a further 5m of understorey.
    • Zone eight: Ford Road Protection Break. Approximately 2000m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area (all vegetation removed) from boundary and remove a further 5m of understorey.
      Earth works: grade and harden surface of break and install drainage.

    Venman Bushland National Park

    Venman Bushland National Park - Zone 1 and Zone 2

    • Zone one: Western end of Kununurra Break. Approximately 200m.
      Vegetation management: create 15m of completely cleared area (all vegetation removed) from boundary and remove a further 5m of understorey.
      Earth works: create vehicle passing bays approximately every 40m where appropriate.
    • Zone two: Eastern end of Kununurra Break. Approximately 100m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area (all vegetation removed) from boundary and remove a further 5m of understorey.

    Carbrook Wetlands Conservation Park

    Carbrook Wetlands Conservation Park - Zone 1

    Carbrook Wetlands Conservation Park - Zone 2 to Zone 5

    Carbrook Wetlands Conservation Park - Zone 6 to Zone 8

    • Zone one: Chicken farm break. Approximately 400m.
      Vegetation management: remove 5m of understorey from northern edge of firebreak.
      Earth works: harden firebreak and widen to 6m.
    • Zone two: Park boundary at end of Starlight Court. Approximately 500m.
      Vegetation management: remove 5m of understorey to east of new firebreak.
      Earth works: create new 6m wide firebreak.
    • Zone three: Parallel Break. Approximately 1000m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area (all vegetation removed) from boundary and remove a further 5m of understorey 2.5m either side of track.
    • Zone four: Quinquenervia Break. Approximately 1000m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area (all vegetation removed) from boundary and remove a further 5m of understorey 2.5m either side of track.
    • Zone five: Crinia Break. Approximately 400m.
      Vegetation management: treat to Class 3 fire line  standards.
      Earth works: harden break.
    • Zone six: Boundary break along south-west edge of Serpentine section. Approximately 200m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area (all vegetation removed) from boundary and remove a further 5m of understorey.
    • Zone seven: Boundary along eastern edge of Serpentine section. Approximately 800m.
      Vegetation management: remove 5m of understorey 2.5m either side of new firebreak.
      Earth works: create a new 7m wide firebreak.
    • Zone eight: Existing break from north to south of Serpentine section. Approximately 1000m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of cleared vegetation by removing 5m either side of break.
      Earthworks: harden break.

    Toohey Forest Conservation Park

    Toohey Forest Conservation Park - Zone 1

    Toohey Forest Conservation Park - Zone 2

    Toohey Forest Conservation Park - Zone 3

    • Zone one: Boundary behind Bankside and Edgehill Streets. Approximately 1700m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area (all vegetation removed) from boundary and remove a further 5m of understorey.
    • Zone two: Boundary behind Ferrand, Solna, and Cramer streets and boundaries with internal block-off road reserve. Approximately 300m.
      Vegetation management: create 5m of completely cleared area (all vegetation removed) from boundary and remove a further 5m of understorey.
    • Zone three: Boundary behind Passchendaele Street. Approximately 150m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area (all vegetation removed) from boundary and remove a further 5m of understorey.

    Jacobs Well section of Edward Corbould Nature Refuge

    Jacobs Well section of Edward Corbould Nature Refuge - Zone 1

    • Zone one: Southern boundary. Approximately 200m.
      Vegetation management: remove all trees directly adjacent to boundary fence and in the middle of the current firebreak.

    Wolffdene section of Edward Corbould Nature Refuge

    Wolffdene section of Edward Corbould Nature Refuge - Zone 1

    • Zone one: South East Boundary Break. Approximately 100m.
      Vegetation management: remove all vegetation between boundary and edge of firebreak adjacent to house.

    Class 3 fireline specifications

    Minimum Width of Track and Clearing

    Other Details

    Examples of Use

    4m clearing including pavement or natural road surface.

    Remove fire control hazards immediately adjacent.

    See Figure 1, Figure 2 and Figure 3.

    *Maximum slope preferably not more than 20º.

    *Can be any formation including single lane flat bladed or out-slope formation, suit construction by D6 dozer with angle tilt blade, grader, or other machines capable of meeting drainage requirements.

    *Passing / turn around facilities where possible every 200–400m.

    *Appropriate drainage and erosion controls.

    *Trafficable in dry weather.

    *Permanent one-way tracks (due to steep terrain) marked on fireline plan and operational map.

    *Suitable for light four-wheel-drive (mop up) vehicles (Landcruiser equivalent) to approximately 5t GVM.

    *General use permanent firelines for fire management access and planned burn containment.