Seqwater wraps up burns program

MITIGATION: Seqwater recreation and catchment operations supervisor Matthew Wellington carries out a planned burn in SEQ. Photo: Supplied
MITIGATION: Seqwater recreation and catchment operations supervisor Matthew Wellington carries out a planned burn in SEQ. Photo: Supplied

SEQWATER has done its bit to mitigate bushfire risks in the Redlands, announcing the end to its hazard reduction program for this season.

It was now up to residents to take care and prepare, with people able to find out online if they lived in a bushfire hot spot.

Rural Fire Service Brisbane regional manager Wayne Waltisbuhl said many people did not know if their property was at-risk, urging people make bushfire survival plans.

“QFES has created a quick and easy postcode checker to help residents determine if they live in, or might be travelling though, a bushfire hotspot this season,” he said.

“There are simple steps people should take to prepare their property for bushfire, like clearing gutters, reducing vegetation around the home and ensuring there is adequate access to the property.

A Seqwater spokesperson said firefighters had completed 25 burns across 940-hectares in south-east Queensland since May, with five completed near Leslie Harrison Dam and three at North Stradbroke Island.

Seqwater has completed five hazard reduction burns near Leslie Harrison Dam and three at North Stradbroke Island. Photo: Supplied

Seqwater has completed five hazard reduction burns near Leslie Harrison Dam and three at North Stradbroke Island. Photo: Supplied

“As a large landholder in south-east Queensland, Seqwater has been doing its part to mitigate bushfire risk to Seqwater-owned land and neighbouring properties,” the spokesperson said.

“For the past four months, the bulk water supplier has been working closely with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, rural fire brigades and other agencies, as well as many neighbours, to carry out burns across SEQ’s natural areas.”

For more information about bushfire, visit qld.gov.au/bushfires.