Bushfires are a natural part of the Australian landscape and have the potential to cause serious social, economic and environmental damage, if not managed correctly.
Whitsunday Regional Council takes bushfire management in our region very seriously. We work closely with the State Government and local fire brigades to manage the fuel loads on Council-managed land and nearby State Forests and National Parks.
The key purpose of bushfire management is to reduce the risk to nearby residents from out-of-control bushfires.
*Remember - in the case of a bushfire emergency, call 000*
Area Specific Bushfire Management Plans
Whitsunday Regional Council undertakes prescribed burns or hazard reduction burns to reduce fuel loads. Council works with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and local Rural Fire Brigades on these burns.
Up-coming burns are:
15 May - 11 August 2020: Dingo Beach and Hydeaway Bay Area
9 September: Bowen Hospital Hill
Council would like to apologise in advance for the smoke which will be produced from the fires.
Council recommends monitoring the smoke levels and direction each day and take actions to reduce smoke entering your house and affecting laundry. Council would also like to request landholders to clear out gutters and remove unwanted green waste from your backyards before this weekend. If conditions are not favourable close to the desired dates, the burns may not eventuate. If you require further information, please contact Council’s Natural Resource Management branch on (07) 4945 0245.