Council and firies work to upgrade fire trails in region

CENTRAL Queensland is in for a bad summer, according to Ivan Western from the Rural Fire Brigade.

While there's been some rain across the region that has slowed down the start of the fire season, Mr Western said it only delayed the inevitable.

But Livingstone Shire Council is working with the Rural Fire Brigade to make their job a little easier, upgrading 40km of fire trails throughout the shire in the lead-up to peak fire season.

Mr Western said the trails gave the Rural Fire Brigade safe and fast access to fires as well as a break from which to work during back-burning.

"It's vital they're (maintained), it makes our job a lot easier and safer," he said.

Local Disaster Management Committee chairman, Mayor Bill Ludwig, said an initial partnership funded by local, state and federal governments ensured many Livingstone fire trails were re-established and upgraded.

"With The Caves area fire trails completed last month, the focus now is on getting the Mt Wheeler, Bondoola, Mt Chalmers, Cawarral, Coowonga, and Kelly's Landing areas completed," he said.

"It's imperative that council continues to proactively support our rural fire brigades."

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