The South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (SEQFBC) has expanded its program reach to cover the whole of Queensland. Through the strategic planning process, supported by the partners of SEQFBC and, Healthy Land and Water, the decision was made to change the name of SEQFBC to Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (QFBC).
This statewide expansion reflects the increased demand from landholders and stakeholders to receive the high-quality products and services provided by the QFBC. Established in 1998, one of the oldest collaborative fire programs in Australia, the success and value of the QFBC is underscored by the collaborative, tenure blind approach to fire management.
The QFBC, comprise of a network of land managers and stakeholders committed to improving fire and biodiversity management outcomes, supporting and distributing fire ecology research, facilitating partnerships between key stakeholders and building the capacity of land managers and private land owners to address issues of fire management and biodiversity in the SEQ region and across Queensland.
According to Dr Samantha Lloyd, Manager of QFBC, the focus will remain with current partners, the majority of whom are based in South East Queensland (SEQ). “We have a number of state-based partners and requests for our services and resources outside of SEQ continues to increase. This change will allow us to better support stakeholders across Queensland and assist in facilitating improved fire management knowledge and practices, landscape health, and resilient communities across Queensland. The prospect of engaging with the wider Queensland community will enrich our network and strengthen our support base,” Lloyd said.
The QFBC is a flagship program of Healthy Land and Water. Healthy Land and Water is an independent not-for-profit organisation and the regional delivery body for the Federal Governments’ National Regional Land Partnerships program. Healthy Land and Water works in partnership with Traditional Owners, government, private industry, utilities and the community, to deliver innovative and science-based solutions to the challenges affecting the environment.
“One of the key strengths of the QFBC is the number and diversity of partners, who enabled the growth and reach across Queensland. We look forward to working with new stakeholders across Queensland and to help facilitate fire and land management outcomes for the environment and community,” said Julie McLellan, CEO of Healthy Land and Water.