Bushfire management

The City of Hobart is committed to minimising the risk of wildfire to its community, visitors and the natural environment.

We use reserve bushfire management plans (BMPs) to minimise risk, and address bushfire prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

BMPs define and prioritise the actions to achieve the objectives of the City of Hobart Bushfire Management Strategy 2014.

Reserve BMPs provide information on bushfire management activities, including:

  • establishing and maintaining fire trails for access for bushfire management and suppression activities
  • planning and implementation of planned (hazard reduction) burning to reduce fuel loads and moderate potential wildfire behaviour
  • establishing and maintaining a network of fuel breaks (firebreaks) along the urban-bushland interface where most vegetation is removed and fuel loads maintained at low levels.

The following five reserve BMPs are currently in place:

  • Ridgeway Park–Waterworks Reserves Fire Management Plan (2003)
  • Knocklofty Reserve–McRobies Gully Fire Management Plan (2005)
  • Queens Domain Fire Management Plan (2008)
  • Bicentennial Park–Porter Hill Fire Management Plan (2014)
  • Wellington Park Fire Management Strategy (2006).

Bushfire Ready – bushfire information for residents and property owners

The City of Hobart and the Tasmania Fire Service provide information to help the community prepare for a bushfire event. This includes supporting the delivery of the Tasmania Fire Service Bushfire Ready neighbourhood program.

The Tasmania Fire Service website helps people who live in bushfire prone areas to prepare for the Tasmanian bushfire season with information relating to their homes and local community bushfire plans.

This information includes a wide range of useful publications, Bushfire Ready Neighbourhoods and events, and daily fire danger ratings.

The Tasmania Fire Service website has useful information, including:

 Public Health Services fact sheets

The Department of Health has provided the following advice for dealing with bushfires: