Landscape Fire Planning for Poplar Box Grassy Woodlands in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin. 


This five-year project, otherwise known as our "Fire Project in the Maranoa" aims to engage landholders in the Maranoa in a process that supports a shared, improved understanding of the role of fire, and how it used to manage the landscape in terms of production, carbon and biodiversity. 

There is a lot of official information published about fire for other areas, but very little specific to the Maranoa-Balonne region, and a lot of the know-how is held in landholders' heads. We identified the need to start documenting this valuable knowledge and the practices graziers apply in regard to fire as a management tool. The process is helping to identify any gaps in knowledge and whether there is capacity to fill them.  

To date, the project team has delivered:

  • three landscape fire plans covering an area of 413,800ha
  • 21 individual property fire plans
  • seven demonstration sites on properties covering 181,000ha
  • 12 field events.

The project is supported through funding from the Australian Government and includes numerous partners:

  • Graziers in the northern Maranoa River Catchment
  • EcoRich Grazing
  • Mitchell and District Landcare
  • Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, and Rural Fire Service
  • Cape York Sustainable Futures
  • Reef Catchments
  • Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology Innovation and the Arts
  • Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and
  • Queensland Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sports and Racing. 

Take the fire survey

If you have an interest in fire in Southern Inland Queensland, QMDC is asking for 10 minutes of your time to complete a survey.  The results will give us valuable feedback and support us in tailoring development of documentation relevant to the region. 

It should only take about 10 minutes to complete and responses are anonymous. Thank you in advance from the QMDC Fire Project team.  Please click here to fill out our 10 minute survey. 

Fact sheet

Media releases:


Project Team Fire Forum 

Stakeholders in gathered in Roma in December, 2015 to hear presentations from QMDC, CSIRO, QFES, Fire Landscapes and EcoRich Grazing relevant to fire planning in the Maranoa region. 

The presentations will be available for downloading on the links below: 

  • Rhonda Toms-Morgan, QMDC - Landscape Fire Planning in Poplar Box Grassy Woodlands Project Update
  • Col Paton, EcoRich Grazing - Mitchell District Landcare Biodiversity Project Update
  • Professor Alan Andersen, CSIRO - Fire and Biodiversity
  • Andrew Houley, Fire Landscapes - Fire in the Landscape, Developing Fire Managment Guidelines
  • Peter Thompson, QMDC - Introduction to Fire Mapping 
  • Bruno Greimel, QFES - Rural Fire Service Queensland 


For all inquiries contact QMDC's Climate Change Officer  Rhonda Toms-Morgan on e: or phone our Roma office:07 4620 4600.

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