Media Releases 2013

Posted on 13/09/2013 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Between now and late September, before the short-tailed shearwaters arrive back to their borrows, Phillip Island Nature Parks will undertake a planned burn in accordance with the Nature Parks’ Fire Management Plan. The planned burn is conducted as part of the Bass Coast Municipal Fire Management Plan and will occur on days with suitable weather conditions. Conducting planned burns during spring assists with fire prevention and ecological management.

Where (and size):

  • Plateau Centre- Cape Woolamai: 3.75 hectares in size

The burn will be carried out by trained staff and according to strict procedures and protocols. The Nature Parks will work closely with neighbours, The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Country Fire Authority and Bass Coast Shire Council before the burns take place.

The planned burns help reduce ground fuel and bark loads; remove weed biomass; and promote specific rare or threatened plant regeneration. Mosaic burns promote an increase in biodiversity in the landscape and allow for wildlife refuge areas during burns. The goal across woodland reserves is to burn most of the reserve over a 7-10 year cycle depending on vegetation types. This timing is very important to the diversity of the reserve.

Be fire ready:

While this work is taking place across the Nature Parks, it is also crucial that individuals take action to plan for their own safety. It has been a relatively wet year but we cannot afford to be complacent as grass and new growth quickly dries out and adds to the fuel loads. The Nature Parks urges you to become fire ready by visiting the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au.

Fire preparedness is a joint responsibility within our community and we look forward to working with you to reduce the possibility of fire risk with a proactive approach, whilst still retaining the natural beauty and biodiversity of Phillip Island.

pdf1Planned burns for Cape Woolamai in late September

Media Enquiries:
Ms Danene Jones - Communications Executive
Tel:  +613 5951 2825  Mobile: 0418 402 161 Email: djones@penguins.org.au