Bushfire management

In places where Council-managed natural areas adjoin urban and semi-rural residential areas, it is important that effective bushfire mitigation measures are put in place – by Council, residents and other land managers.

We are a leader among Queensland local governments in bushfire mitigation activities in our natural areas. We work closely with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and local rural brigades, to ensure effective prevention measures are in place.

We also work closely with the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, hosted by South East Queensland Catchments, to protect the ecology of its natural areas.

Visit the 'Bushfires' alerts category page of City alerts during the cooler months to find out where and when hazard reduction burns are taking place and City parks that may be closed as a result of bushfire.

View Bushfire and Park Closure Alerts

Hazard reduction burn program

Each year, we undertake mechanical or hazard reduction burns in key areas to mitigate bushfire risk.

Hazard reduction burns are undertaken to protect nearby properties and structures by burning ground fuels such as leaf litter and grass. These types of fires are generally 'cool' and are undertaken in appropriate weather conditions in the cooler months so that the fire burns slowly with small flames. At all times, we endeavour to balance environmental values and protection with the need to reduce the risk of bushfires to homes, properties and lives.

To find out where and when the hazard reduction burns are taking place visit Hazard reduction burn program or City alerts.

Bushfire management plans

In partnerships with Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, we have developed, or are in the process of developing, bushfire management plans for high priority, Council-managed natural areas close to homes and communities.

These plans guide long-term bushfire mitigation and management activities and are developed in consultation with local rural brigades.

In areas where bushfire management plans are not yet finalised, we undertake short-term prevention activities in order to protect homes and properties from immediate fire risk. These activities are either mechanical maintenance or hazard reduction burning. Two areas where this has occurred are the Coombabah and Tugun Hill Conservation Areas.

Bushfire safety & alerts

Living in a bushland setting poses a risk from bushfire, no matter where you live in Australia. Even here on the Gold Coast the bushfire risk is real and many homes and communities in bushfire-prone areas are also at risk.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service safety information

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service is the primary agency responsible for informing the public about bushfire safety.

For bushfire alerts: see QFES newsroom or check the @QldFES media feed on our City dashboard.

The Service's website provides essential tips on what you can do to deal with the threats of bushfire at home, including:

  • emergency warnings
  • fire danger ratings
  • bushfire survival plans
  • preparation for you, your family and property
  • actions to undertake if you decide to stay
  • surviving a fire event
  • fire bans
  • fire wardens and rural fire brigades.

Find this important information on the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website.

Gold Coast Fire Management Group

The Gold Coast Fire Management Group (Group) is a subcommittee of the Regional Inter-Departmental Committee (RIDC). The role of the RIDC is to coordinate and implement the on-ground bushfire strategies and to progress important service delivery issues to the Inter-Departmental Committee (IDC) at the state level.

Terms of reference

In general, the Group reflects the same terms of reference as the two Committees. The Group focuses on local-specific issues, including:

  • providing information, advice and reports to the RIDC on wildfire mitigation coordination and planning
  • providing strategic direction for rural fire brigades and major landholders within the area
  • reviewing policies and procedures to ensure inter-agency consistency at the local level
  • reviewing operational procedures to ensure effective inter-agency cooperation
  • coordinating community engagement and public education across the area.

Stakeholder membership

The Group membership comprises Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, local land managers and local government representation. Membership may include other interested government agencies and local representatives.

The chair of the Group rests with Queensland Fire and Emergency Service.

Core membership:

  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Service
  • Department of Resources (Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services Rangers, Department officers regarding Unallocated State Land and foresters)
  • local government (environmental, disaster management, works)
  • significant land holders
  • SEQ Water local representative.

Potential other membership:

  • Queensland Police Service
  • Department of Defence
  • Transport and Main Roads local representatives.

Reporting relationships

The Group provides input to the RIDC. The RIDC will make decisions and feed these decisions back to the Group. The input from the Group, which incorporates local information and issues, will perform a key role in providing direction for the IDC to advise Queensland Fire and Emergency Service on future bushfire management strategies.