Bushfire is a natural hazard in our environment with the majority of Kingborough susceptible. It is the responsibility of landowners and residents to prepare for the bushfire season.
Council has adopted the Fire Abatement Policy - Vacant Land in Residential Areas(27 kb) with the aim of reducing fire risk within residential areas. This is undertaken by advising owners of vacant residential land of their need to take action to reduce vegetation and, where owners fail to take action, issue abatement notices in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 and potentially issue an infringement notice.
Property owners and residents in rural areas should avail themselves of the advice provided by Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) in relatin to preparation of rural properties. TFS has an informative booklet and CD Bushfire - Prepare to Survive available from TFS (including website) and Council. If you are unsure about your circumstances contact TFS.
Remember bushfires can range from slow moving controllable fires to catastrophic fire storms. If you reside in a bushfire prone area you should ensure that you and your family have developed a survival plan. In addition to the TFS Prepare a Bushfire Survival Planthe Australian Red Cross Rediplan (copies available from Council) is an ideal plan for individuals and families.
Community Bushfire Protection Plans
Tasmania Fire Service has preapred a number of Community Bushfire Protection Plans to assist communities. Plans are available for:
|Fern Tree||Kettering - Woodbridge|
|Neika - Leslie Vale||Nichollos Rivulet Area|
|The Lea||Tinderbox Area|
Familiarise yourself withthe plan for your area and act on the advice provided by Tasmania Fire Service.
New plans are being developed on a priority basis so if you area is not listed check the TFS website.
Bushfire Ready Neighbourhood Program
The program focuses on building a shared responsibility approach to bushfire preparedness through recognising that individuals, communities and TFS all play a key part. The program aim is to build resilience and capacity in bushfire prevention and preparedness. For details contact Lesley King (email: Lesley.King@fire.tas.gov.au).