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.
Council has developed a Bushfire Management Plan for the Dingo Beach and Hydeaway Bay area, which was adopted after consultation with the local residents and key stakeholders in late 2016.
View the Bushfire Management Plan here>>
*Remember - in the case of a bushfire emergency, call 000*
Prescribed Burn - Dryander National Park
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) will be undertaking prescribed burns in Dryander National Park in late October, between Nelly Bay and Georges Point.
This will be the first time this area has been burnt in over 10 years, as Cyclone Debbie has greatly increased the fuel load in the National Park and action is now required to reduce the natural bushfire risk for local residents.
After the recent heavy rainfall, it is expected the soil moisture will reduce the intensity of the prescribed burn.
Nearby residents in the Dingo Beach and Hideaway Bay area, will notice smoke in the area east of Nelly Bay, between Tuesday 31 October and Saturday 4 November 2017.
The first prescribed burn will take place on Council-managed land and will be controlled by QFES personnel from Mackay.
The second prescribed burn near Georges Point will be managed by QPWS, who will be providing personnel and vehicles to manage the burn.
Whitsunday Regional Council has developed a Prescribed Burn Plan in cooperation with QPWS, QFES and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, and a copy of this plan is available below:View a copy of the Prescribed Burn Plan here>>