Who are SEQFBC?

Established in 1998, the SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium aims to translate science into practice for improve fire management and biodiversity conservation in south east Queensland. Specifically, the SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium is a network of land managers and stakeholders devoted to providing a coordinated response and best-practice recommendations for fire management, fire ecology and the conservation of biodiversity in the south east Queensland region through education, community engagement, applied research, representation, knowledge brokering, advice and facilitated change.

The SEQFBC is hosted by Healthy Waterways and Catchments (the regional NRM body for SEQ), is supported by a further 18 organisations (local government, state government and utility) and is non-government. This sponsorship model supports 19 long-term partnerships and has resulted in numerous other partnerships and networks supporting government land managers, private landowners, utility land managers, Traditional Owners, students and researchers.

Currently the SEQFBC is supported by the following organisations:

Brisbane City Council, Gold Coast City CouncilHealthy Waterways and CatchmentsIpswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Redlands City Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, South Burnett Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Transport and Main Roads (Darling Downs Region) Powerlink Queensland, Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (Fire and Rescue Brisbane Region and Rural Fire Service Queensland), Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service,  and Seqwater. This impressive list of 19 supporting organisations reflects the broad support for the SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium in SEQ and illustrates our active and dedicated membership over the past 18 years.

The key aims of the SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium are:

  1. Education and engagement - assisting land managers and private land holders with practical information on fire management and biodiversity conservation;
  2. Applied research - fire ecology research investigating knowledge gaps in biodiversity and fire management; and
  3. Representation and response - provision of coordinated responses to matters of significant fire management and fire ecology importance (e.g. legislative amendments and government inquires).

The SEQFBC offers a range of products, services and support, including (but not limited to):

  • property level fire management planning workshops;
  • fire ecology and fire management talks;
  • scientific papers summaries;
  • fact sheets and other information;
  • biannual Fire Forums (mini one-day conference);
  • Representation at a regional, state and national level, including on the Regional and State Interdepartmental Committees on Bushfires.
  • A Research Working Group, providing support to fire scientists and managers in SEQ;
  • An annual Research Student Scholarship, to the value of $3000, to support applied research into fire ecology or management;
  • Contribution to fire management planning projects;
  • Distribution of a weekly e newsletter; and
  • Provision a biannual newsletter (hardcopy and electronic).

Our People 

Dr Sam Lloyd
Manager – SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium

Dr Sam Lloyd has sixteen years experience in science communication, ecology, entomology, community engagement and natural resource management.  She graduated from the University of Wollongong with 1st Class Honours in 1998 and with a PhD in pollination ecology in 2006.  In 2005, Sam joined SEQ Catchments as Environmental Manager and also worked on the Queensland and New Zealand Fire Ant Programme.  Sam has been Manager of the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium since 2010, a role she thoroughly enjoys.

Craig Welden
Coordinator – SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium

Craig has worked in the Natural Areas Management field for over 23 years which included developing skills and knowledge in fire management, weed and pest animal control, restoration works, flora and fauna surveying and disaster management to name a few as well as a volunteer fire fighter with the Rural Fire Service Queensland (currently not active). Craig studied Applied Science - Protected Area Management and Wilderness Reserves and Wildlife from the University of Queensland. He has worked with many Local Governments across Queensland and he loves his current role as Coordinator of SEQFBC, which he has been in since 2011.