Burleigh Headland Blackened by Blaze
Member for Burleigh Michael Hart MP said the blaze that started yesterday evening had caused safety concerns on the Eastern flank of Burleigh Headland.
“While damage to the rainforest has thankfully been relatively minor, a large portion of the previously grassed area has now been burnt out.”
“Given the recent landslide involving boulders the size of small cars, there is a concern that last night’s event may impact the operation of the Ocean View Walking Track which is currently closed,” Mr Hart said.
The Burleigh Headland Ocean View Walking Track had recently been reopened after an irregular landslide at the site that occurred in late July.
“This walking track is very popular with locals and tourists but public safety will always be a priority. I am confident that our Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Rangers will reopen the track as soon as safely possible,” he said.
“Thankfully the fire posed no threat to properties and no infrastructure was damaged.”
It has been reported that the fire was ignited by an illegal campfire which has not yet been confirmed.
Mr Hart will continue to provide updates as they become available via his social media channels.
[ENDS] 16 October 2014
Contact: Burleigh Electorate Office – 5526 6024