Mareeba Fire Management Workshops

Mareeba Fire Management Workshops

 

Training landholders to build bushfire resilience, management, and capacity.

 

photo from Mareeba fire workshopIncreasing landholders' bushfire resilience, knowledge, management, awareness, and capacity.This project aims to deliver training to landholders who live in identified rural and rural residential communities and who are at risk of bushfire hazards.

Healthy Land & Water’s Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (QFBC) is delivering the Property Fire Management Planning Workshops within the Mareeba Shire LGA, together with Gulf Savannah Natural Resource Management.

The purpose of this training is to increase community bushfire resilience, management, awareness, and capacity.

 

The project includes three Property Fire Management Planning workshops in three separate geographic locations and it focuses on:

  • Increasing stakeholder and community knowledge of best practice bushfire mitigation.
  • A better understanding of what practical measures can be taken to enhance bushfire resilience.
  • Reduction in future disaster risk.
  • Three events in three separate geographic locations with the Mareeba Shire LGA.

 

What did

Workshop in Mareeba, landholders sitting and listening to QFBC presenterAssisting landholders in Mareeba in their understanding of the role of fire in supporting biodiversity conservation. 

The project delivered informative sessions for landholders and the community that involved: 

  • Increasing bushfire management awareness and capacity in rural residential areas that are vulnerable to bushfire risk within Mareeba Shire Council LGA.
  • Providing landholders with relevant information on prevention and preparedness.
  • Facilitating their understanding of the impacts of these measures on the “whole of landscape” bushfire mitigation.
  • Assisting landholders in their understanding of the role of fire in supporting biodiversity conservation and maintaining healthy ecosystems at a local, catchment, and landscape scale.
  • Provide workshop participants with a copy of the Qld Fire and Biodiversity Consortium Property Fire Management Planning Kit.

 

Measuring success

As a result, this project delivered three Property Fire Management Planning workshops to assist landholders or managers to reduce the threat of bushfires/wildfires to life and assets on their property, whilst protecting and enhancing the diversity and abundance of native plants and animals.

On completion of the workshop, landholders developed a fire management map and action plan tailored to individual properties, priorities (i.e. primary production and or conservation), and circumstances.

Overall stakeholder and community knowledge of best practice bushfire mitigation were increased and this will reduce future disaster risk and increase the resilience of targeted communities and beyond to the bushfire hazard.

 

Why this project is important

Bushfires are an inherent part of the Queensland landscape and in many areas, bushfire risk is increasing because of hotter, drier weather conditions. The devastating bushfires across much of Queensland during the Black Summer bushfires are an example of what we can expect in the future and demonstrate the potential for severe to catastrophic fire weather.

These Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium workshops provide landholders with relevant information on prevention and preparedness and facilitate their understanding of the impacts of these measures on the “whole of landscape” bushfire mitigation.

Moreover, the workshops assist landholders in their understanding of the role of fire in supporting biodiversity conservation and maintaining healthy ecosystems at a local, catchment, and landscape scale. 

 

Project snapshot

Project name:  Property Fire Management Planning Workshops - Mareeba
Project manager:  Dr Diana Partridge, Healthy Land & Water
Region:  Mareeba Shire LGA
Timing: 2022-23
Partnerships: 

This project is supported by Healthy Land & Water, the Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (QFBC), and Gulf Savannah Natural Resource Management.

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Project collaborators

This project is supported by Healthy Land & Water, the Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (QFBC), and Gulf Savannah Natural Resource Management.

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