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.

    All works will occur between 2020 and 2022.

    • All earthworks in Daisy Hill Conservation Park have been completed. The south-west area of the park behind Elements Retirement Village will remain closed for safety reasons until the vegetation works in this area are completed.
    • Earthworks in the native dog section of Carbrook Wetlands Conservation Park 2 (Zone 7) have started and are expected to be completed by 5February 2021.
    • Vegetation management works in Daisy Hill Conservation Park will commence on 1 March 2021 and should take approximately four weeks to complete, depending on suitable weather and COVID safe conditions. Areas will be closed while the works are being undertaken.
    • Venman Bushland National Park works will commence on 15 February 2021 and should take approximately two weeks to complete, depending on suitable weather and COVID safe conditions. Areas will be closed while the works are being undertaken.

    The schedule for carrying out works in other areas is not set at this time. Once the schedule for these works is set and the date for works to start in a particular area 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 and earth 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.

    For more information

    If you require further information 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

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    Daisy Hill Conservation Park -  Zone 2

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    Daisy Hill Conservation Park - Zone 3

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    Daisy Hill Conservation Park -  Zone 5

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    Daisy Hill Conservation Park -  Zone 6 and Zone 7

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    Daisy Hill Conservation Park -  Zone 8

    • Zone 2: Southern end of Barking Dog Break and extension to council road reserve along perpendicular boundary. Approximately 80m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area from boundary (all vegetation removed) and remove a further 5m of understorey.
    • Zone 3: Join north and south sections of Dennis Break. Approximately 100m.
      Earth works: Continue Dennis Break in a generally southerly direction to meet up with the other end of Dennis break.
    • Zone 5: Western area of the park. Approximately 500m.
      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.
      Earth works: create new firebreaks along the western and southern boundaries and connecting Ridge Track to Swamp Box Track.
    • Zone 6: Dennis Road Break. Approximately 500m.
      Vegetation management: remove all trees along boundary and within current firebreak.
    • Zone 7: Extension of Dennis Road Break. Approximately 100m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area from boundary (all vegetation removed) and remove a further 5m of understorey.
    • Zone 8: Ford Road Protection Break. Approximately 2000m (follows boundary parallel to Ford Road and includes small section of western boundary along Acacia Break adjacent to infrastructure).
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area (all vegetation removed) from boundary and remove a further 5m of understorey. Remove vegetation between boundary and Acacia Break adjacent to infrastructure.

    Venman Bushland National Park

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    Venman Bushland National Park - Zone 1 and Zone 2

    • Zone 1: 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.
    • Zone 2: Eastern end of Kununurra Break. Approximately 150m
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area (all vegetation removed) from boundary and remove a further 5m of understorey.

    Carbrook Wetlands Conservation Park

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    Carbrook Wetlands Conservation Park - Zone 2 to Zone 5

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    Carbrook Wetlands Conservation Park - Zone 7 and Zone 8

    • Zone 2: Park boundary at end of Starlight Court. Approximately 800m.
      Earth works: create new firebreak.
    • Zone 3: Parallel Break. Approximately 900m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of completely cleared area (all vegetation removed) from northern side of break and remove a further 5m of understorey.
    • Zone 4: Quinquenervia Break. Approximately 1000m.
      Earth works: upgrade existing fire break.
    • Zone 5: Crinia Break. Approximately 1300m.
      Earth works: upgrade existing fire break.
    • Zone 7: Boundary along eastern edge of Serpentine section. Approximately 1100m.
      Earth works: create a new firebreak.
    • Zone 8: Existing break from north to south of Serpentine section. Approximately 1600m.
      Vegetation management: create 10m of cleared vegetation by removing 2.5m either side of break, excluding some large scribbly gums.