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The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) will be undertaking prescribed burns in Dryander National Park and surrounding areas next week, between Nelly Bay and Georges Point.
This will be the first time the Georges Point area has been burnt in over 10 years, as Cyclone Debbie has greatly increased the fuel load in the National Park and action is now required to reduce the natural bushfire risk for local residents.
The area between Nelly Bay and the National Park also has a high fuel load and action needs to be taken.
After the recent heavy rainfall, it is expected the soil moisture will reduce the intensity of the prescribed burn.
Nearby residents in the Dingo Beach and Hideaway Bay area, will notice smoke in the area east of Nelly Bay, between Tuesday 31 October and Saturday 4 November 2017.
The first prescribed burn will take place on Council-managed land near Nelly Bay and will be controlled by QFES personnel from Mackay.
The second prescribed burn near Georges Point will be managed by QPWS, who will be providing personnel and vehicles to manage the burn.
Whitsunday Regional Council has developed a Prescribed Burn Plan in cooperation with QPWS, QFES and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, and a copy of this plan is available on our website.
For further information, please contact Council on 1300 WRC QLD (972 753) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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