Hazard reduction burn program 2021

  • Project typeEnvironment
  • Project scheduleMay 2021 to October 2021 (weather permitting)
Hazard reduction burn

Every year, we undertake a hazard reduction burn program within City parks, reserves and conservation areas. Reducing the fuel load helps reduce the risk of future bushfires.

We do this in partnership with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES).

Here's where we will be conducting burns over the next few months:

  • Ashmore – Middleton Parklands
  • Arundel – Collingwood Court Parklands
  • Arundel – Ivan Gibbs Conservation Area
  • Bonogin Conservation Area
  • Bonogin – Wyangan Valley Park
  • Miami – Miami Bushland Reserve
  • Gilston – Kirribilli Park
  • Coomera – Finnegan Environmental Reserve
  • Coomera Waters – Condor Reserve
  • Coomera Waters – Coomera River Conservation Area
  • Coomera Waters – McCoys Creek Wetlands
  • Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area
  • Mudgeeraba – Upper Mudgeeraba Conservation Area
  • Southport – Musgrave Park
  • Springbrook Conservation Area
  • Upper Coomera – Clydesdale Park

How we will keep you informed

Our hazard reduction burn program schedule is highly variable. Changes happen daily due to weather and site conditions. Here's how we communicate:

  • letter box drops
  • City of Gold Coast website
  • media alerts
  • Councillor web pages
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • door knocking properties in immediate proximity on the day.

Do you have health concerns relating to smoke?

We can notify you of a burn the day before.

Please call the City on 07 5581 6984 and provide your contact details. We will send you an SMS or email.

Public impact

  • Smoke – will be produced during the initial stages of the burn, and may linger post-burn, depending upon vegetation type and moisture content.
  • Smouldering logs – may continue for a few days after the burn and is to be expected. City officers will patrol the burn area to make sure it remains safe.
  • Park access – during and immediately after the hazard reduction burn, the park will be closed for at least of two weeks. There is a greater risk of trees and branches falling over this time. Please don't ignore park closure signs, they are there for your safety.
  • Burn monitoring – we monitor burns over a 24-hour period until the site is deemed safe.

Are you a resident living near an upcoming hazard reduction burn?

On the day of the burn, please:

  • close your doors and windows
  • remove your washing from the clothesline
  • make sure your pets are in a protected area.

Benefits for the community

  • Fuel loads reduced
  • Fire trails maintained
  • Vegetation buffer zones
  • Decreased bushfire risk
  • Decreased risk to your property
  • Protecting habitat and water catchments
  • Supporting biodiversity across our natural areas

By conducting our burns under optimal conditions, it helps to limit the impacts upon fire sensitive vegetation communities:

  • rainforest gullies
  • aquatic vegetation
  • riparian areas.