Seqwater will begin work to improve fire trails around the Leslie Harrison Dam catchment in South East Queensland.
Seqwater crews will work with specialist contractors to widen, extend and enhance the fire trails, starting in May 2020.
Fire trails are an important part of making sure fire crews can access and manage bushfires and hazard reduction burns safely. They are also used to assist with management of bushfire risk across the landscape.
Seqwater Water Source Services Manager, Robert Drury, said the project was in response to the growth of new vegetation on previously inundated land, following the completion of the Leslie Harrison Dam upgrade in 2019.
“As a large landholder in South East Queensland, Seqwater has a duty to manage biodiversity and mitigate bushfire risk to Seqwater-owned land and neighbouring properties,” Mr Drury said.
“We will be working with specialist contractors for the vegetation removal as well as a qualified wildlife spotter-catcher.”
Mr Drury said the work would not only reduce bushfire risk, but also help with weed and pest management on Seqwater land and neighbouring properties.
“We are working to minimise the impacts from this work, however some residents in the area may experience noise, traffic and dust as a result of the project,” Mr Drury said.
In addition, Seqwater began its program of prescribed burns of various sizes and locations across South East Queensland in April 2020.