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Posted on 20/05/2019 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Planned burn for Fishers Wetland, Phillip Island


Phillip Island Nature Parks will undertake a controlled ecological burn at Fishers Wetland on Thursday 23 May 2019. 

Road access to Churchill Island will remain open during the exercise, but walking and cycling tracks to Churchill Island and around Fishers Wetland will be closed as a precaution.

Visitors and residents are advised that smoke can be expected in the area and to drive with caution and observe signage and staff directions.

The slow, cool burn totals half a hectare and is being undertaken as per the Nature Parks’ Fire Operations Plan 2019-2021. 

All actions within the Burn Prescription process have and will be followed.

This includes approval of the fire plan by the CFA, notifying all neighbours and relevant authorities, site surveys and preparation. Two senior CFA officers will be on site during the burn.

The Nature Parks will monitor the burn for 24 hours and over the week following the fire.

‘Autumn is a critical time to conduct these burns, but it will remain reliant on weather conditions and may be cancelled up to 2pm on Tuesday 21 May,” says Stefan Poll, Senior Ranger at Philip Island Nature Parks. 

“The burn’s purpose is to remove an area of the Tall Wheat Grass weed in an ecologically significant area adjacent to the internationally recognised Western Port wetland to improve habitat and increase biological diversity.”

“We are committed to keeping our community safe and promoting positive ecological outcomes through our Fire Operations Plan and working with key partners such as the CFA.”

Map 2019 Tall Wheat Grass Proposed Burn