Expansion of Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium

Expansion of Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium

 

Developing four new regional hubs for Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium.

photo of wildfireExpanding to assist each region of Queensland.The QFBC is a network of land managers and stakeholders devoted to providing a coordinated response and best-practice recommendations for fire management, fire ecology, and the conservation of biodiversity in the state of Queensland through education, community engagement, and applied research.

 

The Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (QFBC) is a program of Healthy Land & Water, established in 1998.   

Due to the demand for its services, the QFBC has been investigating the development of a series of regional hubs. This is a way for QFBC to enable a focus on prioritising and delivering tailored fire and biodiversity outcomes relevant to each region.

This project focuses on:

  • Improving fire and biodiversity management outcomes.
  • Supporting and distributing fire ecology research.
  • Facilitating partnerships between key stakeholders. 
  • Building the capacity of land managers and private land owners to address issues of fire
  • management and biodiversity.
  • Delivering tailored outcomes for each region.

 

A coordinated response and best-practice recommendations for fire management and tailored outcomes for each region in Queensland.

 

What we are doing

photos of fire workshops with a firefighterSupporting and increasing community and stakeholders' knowledge of best practice bushfire mitigation.

This project involves delivering the following core services:

  • Education, extension, and engagement: Assisting land managers and private landholders with evidence-based information on fire management and biodiversity conservation issues.
  • Research: Applied fire ecology research investigating knowledge gaps in biodiversity and fire management.
  • Representation and response: Provision of a coordinated response to matters of regional, state, and national fire management and fire ecology importance (e.g. legislative amendments and government inquiries).

 

Measuring success

Some of the outcomes that will be delivered as part of this project include (but are not limited to):

  • Development of regional hubs to enable the community to regionalise fire preparedness programs with the QFBC.
  • Partnering with local Natural Resource Management bodies through the support of NRM Regions Queensland
  • The QFBC is guided by a state QFBC Steering Committee. 

A hub and spoke approach is being investigated to enable a focus on prioritising and delivering tailored fire and biodiversity outcomes relevant to the stakeholders, communities, and First Nations Peoples for each region.

Local representatives will collectively enhance and prioritise fire management for their region and provide regional oversight to the State QFBC Committee. This approach ensures consistency and collaboration at a state level.

 

Why this project is important

Fire can kill mature trees, destroy vegetation diversity, and diminish resources for wildlife. Many Australian plant, animal, and fungi species have evolved strategies to survive, replenish, and even take advantage of a fire-prone environment.

Building bushfire capacity and resilience plays an important role in managing risk from bushfire to wildlife, biodiversity, human life, and property.

The creation of 4 different hubs across Queensland enables a focus on prioritising and delivering tailored fire and biodiversity outcomes relevant to the stakeholders, communities, and First Nations Peoples for each region.

Local representatives collectively enhance and prioritise fire management for their region and provide regional oversight to the State QFBC Committee.

This approach ensures consistency and collaboration at a state level. 

 

Project snapshot

Project name:  Expansion of QFBC - Hub and spoke model
Project manager:  Rachael Nasplesez, Dr Samantha Lloyd, Diana Partridge, Healthy Land & Water
Catchment:  Queensland
Partnerships: 

This project is supported by the Queensland Fire & Biodiversity Consortium partners.

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What's next

There is huge potential to build on the successful work.

 

Project collaborators

This project is supported by the Queensland Fire & Biodiversity Consortium partners.

Visit the QFBC website for a list of the partners.