Council land overgrown fire hazard

CHRIS Callianiotis panicked when he got a call to say his neighbour's acreage property in Yeppoon was on fire this week.

“You just don't know what could happen,” Chris said.

His main concern was the thick bushland behind both their Barmaryee Road properties that could easily go up in flames, taking out the whole rural neighbourhood with it.

“If fire goes through the back (of his property) there is no stopping it.”

Chris said the land in question was council land, an old water reserve, and something needed to be done.

He contacted Rockhampton Regional Council over a year ago, asking them to clean up the site and put in a fire break, but was frustrated to have no response.

'The council just don't want to respond,” he said. “'I think it is really slack.”

He described the site as overgrown bushland.

“There are some trees falling along the boundary line, over the fence,” he said.

But it was the bushfire risk that should concern all the residents in the area.

And with all the recent fires in Rockhampton and closer to home at Lake Mary, let alone the small fire on his neighbour's property on Monday, Chris said the issue was becoming urgent.

He said he first contacted council last September because he was trying to repair his fence, but couldn't because of the fallen trees.

“They are passing the buck on everything,” he said.

A council spokesperson said they recognise residents' concerns, and would work on a fire management plan for all council properties across the region.

The spokesperson said council would further investigate the concerns raised by this resident.

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