Staying bushfire safe in Clarence

WITH the heightened threat of bushfires this season, Clarence City Council is committed to assisting local residents by providing information on how best to prepare.

As the peak bushfire season draws closer, Council is urging all residents to clear hazards and put in place bushfire management plans.

Reducing fire hazards is required in all areas, including both suburban blocks and larger blocks, whether occupied or not.

“Council will continue to work with the Tasmanian Fire Service to assist and educate residents about the risks of bushfires, in line with the 2016-2021 Clarence City Council Bushfire Management Plan,” Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said.

Fuel reduction burning continues to be a management tool used by Council to reduce bushfire risk and maintain and enhance biodiversity.

Consultation with community and other stakeholders when planning bushfire management activities on Council managed land also remains a priority for Clarence.

In recent times, Clarence has seen a small number of fires, including a fire at Natone Hill late last year that was visible to nearby residents in Lindisfarne, Geilston Bay and surrounding suburbs.

The Tasmanian Fire Service were quick to act using a number of methods, including helicopters dumping water from Lindisfarne and Geilston Bay, and were able to save nearby properties backing onto the reserve from any significant property damage.

“It is important that we remain vigilant and aware of the risks, which involves planning and preparing for bushfires,” Mayor Chipman said.

Information on how to prepare your property and create a bushfire plan can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au.

Photo credit: Tasmania Fire Service.