Media Releases 2013

Posted on 04/04/2013 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks will soon undertake a series of planned burns in accordance with the Nature Parks’ Fire Management Plan. The planned burns are conducted as part of the Bass Coast Municipal Fire Management Plan.

When:

Between April and May 2013 on a day with suitable weather conditions according to the burn prescriptions. Conducting planned burns during autumn will assist with fire prevention and ecological management. 

Where (and size):

  • Ventnor Koala Reserve (4 and 5 hectares)
  • Kitty Miller bay (1.5 hectares)
  • Berrys Beach east (2 hectares)


The Nature Parks intends to conduct these burns when conditions are suitable. Further notices will be issued and reserves will be well signed to notify the community of the planned burns.

All burns will be carried out by trained staff in accordance with strict procedures and protocols. The Nature Parks will work closely with neighbours, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Country Fire Authority and Bass Coast Shire Council before the burns take place.

The planned burns help reduce ground fuel and bark loads; remove weed biomass; and promote specific rare or threatened plant regeneration. Mosaic burns promote an increase in biodiversity in the landscape and allow for wildlife refuge areas during burns. The goal across woodland reserves is to burn most of the reserve over a 7-10 year cycle depending on vegetation types.  This timing is very important to the diversity of the reserve.    

Be fire ready

While this action is taking place across the Nature Parks, it is also crucial that individuals take action to plan for their own safety. The Nature Parks urges you to become fire ready by visiting the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au.

Fire preparedness is a joint responsibility within our community and we look forward to working with you to reduce the possibility of fire risk with a proactive approach, whilst still retaining the natural beauty and biodiversity of Phillip Island.

pdf1 Phillip Island Nature Parks' autumn planned burns

Media Enquiries:
Ms Danene Jones - Communications Executive
Tel:  +613 5951 2825  Mobile: 0418 402 161 Email: djones@penguins.org.au