Livestock ‘couldn’t escape the fire’ say farmers pointing finger at National Parks

As Queensland recovers from its bushfire crisis, farmers and volunteer firefighters are claiming not enough is being done to stop bushfires spreading from National Parks onto people’s properties.

Central Queensland grazier Darcy Ward runs cattle on land that borders Kroombit Tops National Park, south west of Gladstone.

Last month, Mr Ward said he got a call from a parks ranger telling him that a fire from the park had jumped the boundary into his property.

He said that by the time he got to his property that same day, the blaze had burned through about 600 hectares.

“Some of them were newborn. They just couldn’t escape the fire,” Mr Ward said.

“It’s not a good thing to see baby calves just burnt in the ash.”

Mr Ward claimed it was the fifth fire to escape from the National Park onto his property in 14 years.

In a statement, QFES and the Parks and Wildlife Service said they tried to stop last month’s fire at Kroombit Tops and local landholders were notified.

Fighting fire with fire

The largest and most problematic bushfires seen last week in Queensland was centred around Deepwater National Park, north of Bundaberg.

Others originated inside Government-managed state forests.