Central Highlands Regional Council is urging residents to be prepared for bushfires, with dry and windy conditions set to continue across the region this week.
Mayor Kerry Hayes said preparation was the key to resilience.
‘Last year Queensland experienced devastating bushfires in many parts of the state, and the Central Highlands was unfortunately no exception,’ he said.
‘There are simple steps you can take to prepare for a fire like clearing gutters, reducing vegetation around the home and ensuring there is adequate access to your property.
‘It’s also important that you complete your Bushfire Survival Plan so you and your loved ones are prepared if bushfires strike.’
Mayor Hayes said during bushfire season, it was crucial to keep informed about what’s going on in your area.
‘Even if you don’t live anywhere near bushland, bushfires can affect you while you’re on holidays or travelling,’ he said.
‘Make sure you tune into warnings, local media and QFES social media.’
‘Depending on the location and size of the proposed fire, you may need to get a permit to light from the state government or permission from council,’ he said.
‘If you are unsure just give us a call on 1300 242 686 and we will be happy to assist.’
To prepare for bushfire season and help protect the community, council and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services will be conducting a number of hazard reduction burns throughout August and September.
Information on individual burns will be available on the QFES Facebook page.
Are you in the line of fire? Check your postcode and find out more now at www.qld.gov.au/bushfires