Planned burn on North Stradbroke Island

BOATIES are warned that smoke from a planned burn could decrease visibility on the water near North Stradbroke Island.

The planned burn is to take place at Naree Budjong Djara National Park on North Stradbroke Island between Thursday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 20.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation will conduct the burn within protected estate south of Blaksley Anchorage.

The burn is part of the annual hazard reduction, cultural heritage and conservation management program for parks and forests.

A QPWS spokesperson has warned smoke may be seen around Sibelco mining roads in southern areas, Blaksley and Price anchorages, Big Canalpin Creek, Lamb and Macleay islands and marine navigation channels in southern Moreton Bay.

“The aim of this burn is to protect cultural values, reduce the volume of forest fuels and to create a mosaic pattern of burnt and unburnt areas,” the spokesperson said.

“This will help reduce the intensity of any subsequent wildfires and provide favourable conditions for natural forest regeneration.”

“Smoke can decrease visibility on the water, so it is important that boaties use caution when traveling around these areas.”