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Fire and Biodiversity Consortium to expand reach across Queensland
The South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (SEQFBC) has expanded its reach to cover the whole of Queensland. The new name is Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (QFBC).
This statewide expansion reflects the increased demand from landholders and stakeholders to receive the high-quality products and services provided by the QFBC. Established in 1998, one of the oldest collaborative fire programs in Australia, the success and value of the QFBC is underscored by the collaborative, tenure-blind approach to fire management.
The QFBC comprises a network of land managers and stakeholders committed to improving fire and biodiversity management outcomes, supporting and distributing fire ecology research, facilitating partnerships between key stakeholders and building the capacity of land managers and private land owners to address issues of fire management and biodiversity in the South East Queensland (SEQ) region and across Queensland.
According to Dr Samantha Lloyd, Manager of QFBC, the focus will remain with current partners, the majority of whom are based in SEQ. “We have a number of state-based partners and requests for our services and resources outside of SEQ continue to increase. … The prospect of engaging with the wider Queensland community will enrich our network and strengthen our support base,” Lloyd said.
The QFBC is a flagship program of Healthy Land and Water, an independent not-for-profit organisation and the regional delivery body for the federal Government’s National Regional Land Partnerships program.
“One of the key strengths of the QFBC is the number and diversity of partners, who enabled the growth and reach across Queensland. We look forward to working with new stakeholders across Queensland and to help facilitate fire and land management outcomes for the environment and community,” said Julie McLellan, CEO of Healthy Land and Water.
Stage two of the TS Onslow Naval Cadets Shoreline Management Project has been successfully completed. This community-driven project on the northern Pumicestone Passage at Golden Beach aims to prevent erosion of the foreshore and enhance fish habitat. Project outcomes include planting mangroves and stabilising dune species with biodegradable coir logs, potato starch matrix sheets and reef star modules. This project was made possible through funding from the National Landcare Program, Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science Sustainability Grant, and the Caloundra Power Boat Club. Details here.