Bushfire Management

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 - Dingo Beach

Whitsunday Regional Council would like to advise that there are prescribed bushfire burns planned over the next few weeks in the Dingo Beach area until the 25th of September 2018. The areas targeted this year are some of the areas which were not burnt last year. The Council and rural fire brigade are concerned that the remaining areas have high fuel loads from Cyclone Debbie and present a hazard to the community. The areas which will be burnt (subject to suitable weather conditions):

  • Prescribed burn 1 –Trochus Street reserve – 2.1ha (Area F).
  • Prescribed burn 2 - Dingo Beach tip lot (Area I) (Second) (4.2ha)
  • Prescribed burn 3 - Behind Pioneer Drive – behind the residential areas (Area G) (7.2ha)
  • Prescribed burn 4 – Behind Cowry crescent – (area D) (5.1ha)
  • Prescribed burn 5 - Dingo Beach Road to 5 acre lots (Area C) (50.4ha)

The purpose of the prescribed burns or hazard reduction burns is to reduce fuel loads. Whitsunday Regional Council has developed a Prescribed Burn Plan in cooperation with the Gloucester Rural Fire Brigade and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and a copy of this plan is available below:

View a copy of the Prescribed Burn Plan here>>

The Council would like to apologise in advance for the smoke which will be produced from the fires. Prescribed burn 1 has already occurred. Subject to suitable conditions, the other sections may be burnt on the up-coming weekends.

The Council recommends monitoring the smoke levels and direction each day and take actions to reduce smoke entering your house and affecting laundry. The 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 49450245.

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