A state-wide ‘I-zone’ initiative for the protection of ‘at risk’ private infrastructure on boundary interfaces with QPWS tenure provided funding for a review of the current firebreaks on Fraser Island (K’gari). This provided an opportunity to upgrade the main firebreaks used for protection of critical community infrastructure, life and property within the urban interfaces around townships, residential areas, resorts, QPWS bases and high population visitor nodes.
Kingfisher Bay Resort, Dilli Village, Orchid Beach township, Eurong and Dundubara QPWS bases and residential infrastructure along the eastern beach were included in the upgrade or installation of appropriate firebreaks that are critical for:
- The protection of life and property from wildfire emanating from QPWS managed reserves and neighbouring lands,
- To enhance functionality and service life along identified priority strategic firebreaks,
- To enhance wildfire response and suppression activities,
- To provide a safer work environment for firefighters,
- Provide other ancillary convenience for reserve neighbours such as QAS or QPS in emergency situations.
- The protection of the environment, conservation values and cultural heritage values from wildfire on QPWS reserves and neighboring lands.
The consultative process resulted in island residents and businesses welcoming the upgrades and ensuring known cultural resources were protected during the project. QPWS would like to recognise the support from the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation in participating in site visits for this project, providing assessment of any cultural heritage issues, and proposals for further assessment after the work was completed. This information was presented in a report which is a useful guide for ongoing management.
Contributed by Linda Behrendorff, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Fraser Island & Cooloola Nth