Townsville City Council will conduct a large hazard reduction burn on Hervey Range this Wednesday as it continues to focus on bushfire mitigation.

The burn, which will be conducted in partnership with the Department of Resources and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, will burn off about 230 hectares of Council reserve and Department of Resources land on the side of Hervey Range.

Community Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability Committee chairperson Maurie Soars said Council was committed to ensuring it managed the threat of bushfires in the Townsville region.

“It’s important we get on top of the areas we’ve identified as having high fuel loads in order to prevent the spread of bushfires in the dry season,” Cr Soars said.

“Crews will start the burn at the top of the Page Road and Hervey Range Road junction, which is just above the lookout, and work down the hill.

“Council has skilled and professional team members who conduct these burns, but the expertise the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services bring to the table is always appreciated.

“Traffic control will be onsite and will reduce traffic to a single lane flow once smoke starts to impact the road.

“Council asks residents to take care, follow any directions from staff during the burns and to take appropriate precautions if they have a medical condition affected by smoke.”

A full list of Council’s scheduled hazard reduction burns can be found at www.townsville.qld.gov.au/building-planning-and-projects/works-and-road-closures.