Four New Fire Trails

The construction of these proposed fire trails was identified in the 2005 Strategic Bushfire Management Plan (2.8MB .pdf) (SBMP) developed by the ACT Government to ensure uniform fire management standards across the ACT.  The objective of the fire trails is to provide ‘tanker standard’ access to these areas of Namadgi National Park and the Bullen Range Nature Reserve to support fire management strategies, in particular, fire suppression and fire fuel reduction measures.

Parks, Conservation and Lands (Department of Territory and Municipal Services) has engaged Brown Consulting (ACT) Pty Ltd to prepare concept designs, Preliminary Assessments and Development Applications for four new fire trails proposed through Namadgi National Park and the Bullen Range Nature Reserve.

The fire trails will be 4m wide with a clear shoulder of 2m each side of that (ie a total clear width of 8m).  Depending on terrain there may be some cut batters and also along the route there will be some passing bays (these locations will be about 10m wide).

They are:

Map of Overall Locality

Map of Spencer's Border Fire Trail

Map of Stockyard Spur Fire Trail

Map of Bullen Fire Trail

Map of Orroral Fire Trail
Brown Consulting and the team of specialist sub consultants are undertaking fieldwork to survey and assess the impacts of the proposed  fire trails.  This includes an assessment of Flora, Fauna and Landscape, Natural and Cultural Heritage, Visual and Aesthetic Impacts and Soil Erodibility.   The team is also consulting with key user groups of Namadgi National Park and Bullen Range Nature Reserve. The National Parks Association of the ACT is one of the groups being consulted with. 
A public display was available at Namadgi Visitors Centre between 28 April 2007 to 6 May 2007 to enable people to view these plans in more detail.  A feedback form was available for you to fill in and make comment until 18/5/07.  The NPAACT submission is here.
The preparation of Preliminary Assessments (as required by the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991) and Development Applications for the four proposed fire trails is underway, and it is anticipated that these will be lodged in June 2007, when ACTPLA will undertake the associated formal public consultation process.

Dispelling Myths about Fires in National Parks

Here are some facts from the recent Senate Inquiry on Protected Areas.

Federal Government Natural Disaster and Bushfire Mitigation Projects

Here is a spreadsheet of the current Federally funded Natural Disaster projects and Bushfire Mitigation projects for the ACT.  Additional money has been recently allocated by the Prime Minister.  See here.

Points we suggested you might like to make in your letter

Reports on Fire Management

These Victorian reports are very interesting. A Fire History of the Alps is here.

Time Line

The time line for the project is being maintained here.


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