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


This five-year project (2012 - 2017), otherwise known as our "Fire Project in the Maranoa" engaged landholders in the Maranoa in a process that supported a shared, improved understanding of the role of fire, and how it is 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 landholder's 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 helped identify gaps in knowledge and whether there is capacity to fill them.  

Fact sheet:

The project delivered:

  • three landscape fire plans covering an area of 413,800ha
  • 21 individual property fire plans and involved more than 70 farming businesses
  • seven demonstration sites on properties covering 181,000ha
  • 12 field events
  • 3 case studies - see link below to access these resources 

Case studies  - click on the links

Guidelines to help you choose your fire regime

  • Brigalow Belt South Fire Management Guidelines -  information on fire regime recommendations for Southern Queensland land types can be found in this handy guide. Note: this is a large file (PDF) of 39MB. We can send you a hard copy if you would prefer not to download. Contact us as per the options at the bottom of this page.  

Media releases:


Reading material from the Project Team 

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 are 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 
The project was 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. 

For all enquiries contact QMDC's Toowoomba Office on email: or phone:07 4637 6200.

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