We would like to know when & if the section of bush between the reservoir & the houses on Curtis Av will be cut back or burnt off? Thank you
The current Fire Management Plan
for Wellington Park does not identify any proposed fuel management behind the
western most properties in Curtis Avenue. However the City of Hobart has
developed a new layer of proposed fuel breaks on this boundary which is based
on the advice from the Tasmania Fire Service. Public consultation is
currently underway regarding this proposal which will need to be incorporated
into the revision of the Wellington Park Fire Management Strategy.
The specific works in Curtis Road
include a new fuel break around the reservoir and a new fuel break behind no’s
18 and 20. The Tasmania Fuel Break Guidelines do not prescribe a fuel
break behind the properties between 6 and 16 Curtis Road and therefore no fuel
break is proposed in that area. This assessment arises because the offset
from bushland to the existing asset is sufficient for the fuel break to be
wholly contained within the private property allotment. There is no requirement
for additional clearing of the public land adjoining the NW property boundary
to achieve the clearances recommended in the guidelines.
Landholders are advised to
consider their bushfire survival plan and consider the proximity of bushland to
the house by referring to the Tasmania Fire Service Fuel Break Guidelines.
The most important action that can be taken to protect a house is to reduce the
fuel closest to the asset in order to reduce radiant heat and direct flame
impingement during a bushfire.
It was indicated at the Jan meeting that the BBQs in Fern Tree were going to be replaced with gas ones soon. This is 4 months ago? Is there any update on this. There a number of people who use these BBQs and don't put them out providing a fire risk right on our door step.
The development of the master plan for the Fern Tree Park Visitor Node is well progressed and final consultation will soon commence. A development application will then be submitted and will need to be approved before work can begin. It is anticipated that works would begin in late 2018. The replacement of the BBQ's will be undertaken as part of that redevelopment.
Could council building approvals be reviewed to restrict development in hazardous areas?
Can all above ground power and service cables be put underground?
Can council identify escape routes and ensure they are accessable during emergincy times?
The City of Hobart includes the current Australian
Standard (AS3959) for building in bushfire prone areas in any new development
application. This requires a Bushfire Hazard Assessment undertaken by a
qualified assessor prior to development application to determine a Bushfire
Attack Level and ensure that the appropriate level of risk of bushfire is
considered in the development or building proposal. A Bushfire Prone Are
is defined by the City of Hobart by applying principles provided by the
Tasmania Fire Service and utilises slope, aspect, vegetation type and predicted
fire front impact. The process will dictate minimum standards for building
design and siting for prospective builders to improve bushfire
survivability. The AS 3959 was developed in 199 and subsequent revisions
in November 2009 and November 2011 incorporated new research and lessons learnt
from major incidents.
The provision of power to existing houses and
developments falls within the responsibility of the landholder or TasNetworks
depending on the connection. TasNetworks describe the standards they
apply and the work they undertake to mitigate the risk of bushfire arising from
power lines. Some examples of this work include the clearing under and
around power lines and the use of aerial bundled cables in tall forest where
the removal of trees would be prohibitive. A good source of information for
landholders and residents can be found on the TasNetworks site at https://www.tasnetworks.com.au/safety/safety-campaigns/safe-growing-near-powerlines/.
The individual Community Bushfire Protection Plans
for communities in Tasmania are available on the TFS website and the plans
identify Neighbourhood Safer Places where available and also identifies escape
The City of Hobart undertakes regular inspections of these routes to
ensure that the roadside vegetation is safe in the case of a storm or bushfire
and trims or removes trees that do not appear sound. This has been
recently undertaken on Strickland Drive and further work is proposed on other
key routes near Fern Tree such as Huon Road. On the day when an incident arises
the exact choice of route will depend on where the fire develops and what route
I would like more information about the risk, or otherwise, of eucalypts in the vicinity of houses. We live next to the bush but have removed eucalypts that were close to the house and were on our property. However there are eucalypts (small-leaf peppermints) along the Summerleas Road edge at the front of the property (they are outside our property boundary) and they are close to our house. There are also eucalypts on some neighbouring properties. I do like these trees (!) but that is irrelevant when it comes to our survival. And of course there is always a lot of bark, leaves, sticks to rake up after a strong wind.
Our situation would be relevant to quite a few other properties in Fern Tree, and elsewhere. Apart from how much risk these trees might cause I would like to know who is responsible for removing roadside trees (that are within the road easement) and on private property where these might pose a danger for neighbours.
The presence of individual trees is not in itself a key
bushfire threat. The assessment of bushfire risk and the threat to the
survival of houses from bushfire relates to the type, density and arrangement
of the fuel contained within a bushland area and the proximity to the
asset. The TFS referred to the Bushfire Survival Plan as a guide to
preparing your property and how to treat the vegetation to reduce the
risk. This is a useful reference and is available on the TFS
website. Trees, especially gum barked Eucalypts are often retained in
fuel breaks to help slow the wind and to trap embers that might arise from a
bushfire in the vicinity. However heavy understory and continuous
elevated fuel is removed to ensure that any fire front is unable to climb into
the canopy or produce excessive flame length that might generate radiation heat
sufficient to damage or destroy a nearby property.
However if a tree represents a threat to adjoining
property or is diseased or damaged to the extent that it is unstable then the
City of Hobart will do arboriculture works on the tree or remove it to address
the risk. Each tree is assessed on its merits in order to retain both the
habitat and visual amenity of the roadsides but also to ensure public
safety. If you have a specific concern please contact the City of Hobart
on 6238 2711 and we will make a time to inspect the site.
In relation to controlled burns and fire tracks.
What is the plan in relation to the fire tracks at the top part of Summerleas Rd that come out at Reid’s Rd, Westringa Rd, Menuggana Rd and down to Scott’s Rd?
I am aware that one home owner maintains the track on the gravel part of Summerleas that goes down the gully to meet with the Scotts Rd and Menuggana tracks.
Is there any plan (is it possible to do) for reduction burns in Summerleas Rd through the gullies?
The land you refer to is
wholly privately owned and part of a number of large properties in the area
bounded by Reid’s Road, Westringia Rd. Menuggana Rd and Summerleas Rd.
The City of Hobart does not hold any land or manage any fire trails in that
area so I cannot help with future plans for hazard reduction burn plans or fire
trail maintenance plans.
I have forwarded your query
to the Fuel Reduction Unit, Tasmania Fire Service and we will post a reply when
it is available. It is worth raising the issue with the local TFS Brigade
who can work with landholders to undertake hazard reduction on private property
as a joint operation if the landholders wish to undertake such works.