That is the message that came out of Central Highlands’ inter-departmental bushfire management meeting held at the Emerald Town Hall on Wednesday.
Despite predictions of record rainfall this summer, which would result in a lacklustre fire season, representatives from 12 agencies converged to plan for the coming months.
“Complacency is a major contributing factor and something we would like everyone to avoid,” Queensland Fire and Rescue Service local area director Larry Lewis said.
“It’s very important that we mitigate because if the rain doesn’t continue into next year and it dries out, we could have a major problem.”
Representatives from QR, QR National, SunWater, Main Roads, Queensland Parks, QFRS, Willows RFB, Gemfields RFB, RFS, DERM, CHRC and QFRS rural attended the meeting.
“It’s important that we are all on the same page in terms of our planning coming into summer, that’s why this meeting is very important,” Mr Lewis said.