UPGRADE: Fire trails have been enhanced around the Southern Downs.
UPGRADE: Fire trails have been enhanced around the Southern Downs. Mike Knott BUN250917FIRE9

Thousands spent to upgrade Southern Downs fire trails

FIREFIGHTERS in the Southern Downs are set to benefit from improved access when fighting fires after $100,000 was spent on the fire trail network in the region.

The Southern Downs Regional Council received $60,000 from the Queensland Government to put towards the $100,000 natural disaster preparation work.

Southern Downs Mayor and Local Disaster Management Group Chair Tracy Dobie said the funding enhanced the region's ability to prepare and withstand one of the Southern Downs region's highest natural hazard risks.

"Areas and communities across our region have been ravaged by bushfires in the past, and we know from the long term weather outlook that these hazards will only continue into the future,” said Mayor Dobie.

Fire trails are an important part of ensuring firefighters can access fires and safely contain them.

They are also used to assist with management of bush fire risk across the landscape.

The Southern Downs Regional Council revealed the project has significantly enhanced bushfire mitigation and management capability across the region.

The benefits will be felt specifically in the Goomburra Valley, Maryvale, Freestone Creek, Swanfels, Upper Freestone, Rosehill, Houghton Heights, and Mt Norman, Girraween National Park.

It has also improved protection for important communications infrastructure for the Rural Fire Service Queensland and Queensland Ambulance Service repeaters located at Mt Dillon, Glen Aplin.

Cr Dobie highlighted the productive and strong partnership approach to mitigation of bushfires between the council, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Rural Fire Services staff and volunteers in constructing and maintaining the fire trail network.

"At the heart of these improvements is the safety of our residents and their properties,” Cr Dobie said.

"Upgraded fire trails mean that the threat of bushfires can be managed more effectively, with reduced risk to residents.”