Planned burn of section of USC habitat tomorrow

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Planned burn of section of USC habitat tomorrow


15 August 2013

The first planned burn of a section of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s compensatory habitat site will occur tomorrow, Friday 16 August, weather permitting.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and Sunshine Coast Council will undertake the burn of less than a third of the 15 hectares of wet and dry heathland.

The action will be supervised by USC as part of its fire management plan for the habitat, which was successfully relocated to the campus from Bundilla when a housing estate was built years ago.

USC plant ecologist Dr Alison Shapcott said the burn was scheduled between 9am and 5pm, with an expected start about 10am.

She said it would involve an area of land in the far corner of the University, adjacent to Claymore Road and Chancellor Park Estate. University staff and students and nearby residents had been informed.

“The burn aims to assist with the regeneration of endangered plant species like Tiny wattle (Acacia baueri) and the heath generally, as well as reducing wildfire risk by reducing fuel load,” she said.

Julie Schomberg

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