Bushfire management plans and strategy

Management strategy

The City of Hobart is currently working on a new Bushfire Management Strategy after releasing a draft strategy for public comment in June 2021.

The draft strategy can be downloaded from the Your Say Hobart website and includes an overview of Hobart’s bushfire risk and the methods used to reduce it. The strategy draws from the findings of the recent Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements and from the experiences of Tasmanian fires in 2016 and 2018-19.

The draft strategy warns that bushfires pose very real risks to the Hobart community, with several high-risk locations, including:

  • the Wellington Range, particularly the eastern slopes of kunanyi / Mount Wellington, including the mountain village Fern Tree, and around Strickland Avenue and Old Farm Road
  • Mt Nelson / Tolmans Hill
  • Ridgeway and Summerleas Road areas.

It outlines the City’s regulatory responsibilities and includes 48 actions to reduce the risks and potential impacts of major bushfire across the next decade, highlighting the need to work collaboratively with other levels of government, landowners and insurers.

Current strategy

The current City of Hobart Bushfire Management Strategy was reviewed and updated in 2013-14 and endorsed by Council in September 2014.

You can view the Bushfire Management Strategy here:  City of Hobart Bushfire Management Strategy.(PDF, 1MB)

The current strategy addresses:

  • planning policy, including Part 5 Agreements/Bushfire Hazard Management Plans
  • wildfire risk management in bushland reserves and on other City of Hobart-owned land
  • land management policy regarding developments neighbouring City of Hobart land
  • community response and recovery
  • wildfire and climate change impacts
  • integration with the City of Hobart Emergency Management Plan
  • improved cross-boundary fire management collaboration with large property owners in Hobart
  • closer working relationships with neighbouring municipalities
  • community resilience building, and supporting the Tasmania Fire Service Community Preparedness Planning projects
  • ways to create closer strategic, operational and training links between Tasmania Fire Service and City of Hobart.

Management plans

Fire management in the City of Hobart’s four large bushland reserves is coordinated through Bushfire Management Plans. These plans set the schedule for management burns, as well as fuel break (firebreak) maintenance, weed control and fire trail works.

During 2013 and 2014, the Lambert Park–Skyline Reserve Fire Management Plan (1998) was reviewed and substantially expanded to cover approximately 230 hectares. The fire management plan includes all City of Hobart bushland in Mount Nelson, Sandy Bay and Porter Hill.

You can view the plan in parts as downloadable PDFs:

Queens Domain Fire Management Plan 2008

Originally written in 1995, the Queens Domain Fire Management Plan was reviewed and updated in 2008. It covers 130 hectares from the Cenotaph north to Cleary’s Gates and Cornelian Bay. The area includes the Soldiers Memorial Avenue, the historic Gunpowder Magazine, the Beaumaris Zoo site and several sports grounds.

Queens Domain Fire Management Plan 2008(PDF, 7MB)

Knocklofty–McRobies Gully Fire Management Plan 2005

This plan covers 301 hectares stretching from West Hobart westward to the edge of Wellington Park. It includes the bushland surrounding the McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre (the Tip).

Knocklofty – McRobies Gully Fire Management Plan 2005

Ridgeway Park–Waterworks Reserve Fire Management Plan 2003

Covering 482 hectares, this plan incorporates the Waterworks Reserve picnic area and the wider Ridgeway Park reserve between Waterworks Road, Huon Road, Ridgeway and across towards Fern Tree. It includes the low altitude portions of the Pipeline Track and Chimney Pot Hill.

The Knocklofty–McRobies and Ridgeway Park–Waterworks Reserves fire management plans have recently been reviewed and a new consolidated draft bushfire management plan is in preparation. The new plan will incorporate Wellesley Park and other smaller parcels of bushland in South Hobart, Dynnyrne and Waterworks.

Wellington Park

The City of Hobart implements the Hobart area portions of the Wellington Park Fire Management Strategy 2006. This can be downloaded from the Wellington Park Management Trust’s website.