Fire Information Night at the Tarome Rural Fire Brigade, 17 June 2021
Pictured L-R: Dick Buckham (Tarome Rural Fire Brigade, Landholder), Tony McKew (Scenic Rim Regional Council), Dr Samantha Lloyd (QFBC/Healthy Land and Water), Mayor Greg Christensen (Scenic Rim Regional Council) and Mark O’Brian (QPWS).
With Phase 1 of Bushfire Recovery works in world heritage National Parks completed, a second phase has been greenlit and is already in full swing.
Phase 2 of the project expands the restoration effort and supports delivery of a proactive preparedness program for landholders. Like the first, the second phase of the program is focused on protecting and restoring habitat for more than 20 state and nationally listed threatened species and one very rare vegetation community (lowland subtropical rainforest, which is listed as critically endangered).
The Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (QFBC), a program of Healthy Land and Water, is delivering a targeted capacity building program, supporting landholders and communities directly affected by the 2019 bushfires to manage wildfire events.
Phase 2 – Building the resilience of fire-affected communities
Phase 2 is split up into three key areas; weed control, feral pest control and capacity building and wildfire mitigation activities for private landholders in the Noosa Catchment, Carneys Creek and Rosevale Tarome areas in the Scenic Rim Catchment.
The QFBC coordinated a community Fire Information Night in each target area. Eligible landholders were then invited to attend a subsequent Fire Management Planning Workshop. Landholders had the opportunity to design and construct their own property-based fire management plan and discuss proposed on-ground wildfire mitigation works including water access points, fire line upgrades, erosion control and asset protection zones.
This work is aimed at building capacity, reducing wildfire risk and supporting tenure blind fire management. The project is providing a unique framework for landholders to incorporate the protection of threatened species and ecological communities into their fire management.
The capacity-building activities have been very well supported by the community and stakeholders alike, with fire planning workshops booked out at each location.
Significance of the areas
Lamington, Mt Barney and Main Range National Parks are all part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia which is listed as a World Heritage Area with Outstanding Universal Values. All three Parks were severely affected by the 2019 bushfires, which consumed almost 70% of both Main Range and Mt Barney.
The restoration, mapping and capacity building efforts of these Phase Two projects support the recovery of these sensitive ecosystems and increase the capacity of landholders to mitigate wildfire on critical private properties.
Australian Government Regional Liaison Officer Craig Paterson and Healthy Land and Water Team Leader Paul Donatiu.
This project has a strong focus on partnerships and collaboration, with First Nations, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and local government partnership support critical to the success of the project.
Noosa and District Landcare are providing landholder support in the Noosa area. In the Scenic Rim, the QFBC is working with Tarome Rural Fire Brigade and Scenic Rim Regional Council.
This project is supported by the Australian Government’s Bushfire recovery package for wildlife and their habitat.