Fire Management

Fire Risk Abatement

Under the Local Government Act 1993Council is able to issue abatement notices for fire hazards, for example long grass on residential land.  Council's officers assess residential areas during late spring and summer each year to ensure known fire risks are managed to minimise the risk to nearby properties. This includes instances where Council are alerted of perceived fire risks by the public or which are reported by the Tasmania Fire Service.  If a fire risk nuisance is determined to exist then an abatement notice is issued under the Local Government Act 1993.  Failure to comply with this notice may result in Council taking action to ensure that the property is made safe.

See Fire Abatement FAQs for more detail

Council has also allocated $50,000 in the 2015-2016 budget to eradicate gorse in Zeehan, as a priority area to reduce fire risk.  West Coast Council is also working with social enterprise organisation West Coast Connect Inc. to supplement the program further, with the potential for a Memorandum of Understanding between Council and West Coast Connect to provide additional human resources on the ground to assist in gorse control.

Fire Management

Council has a support role to other agencies involved with fire management and fire control as a primary responsibility.  These agencies include TFS and Parks & Wildlife who undertake fuel reduction programs across Tasmania. Throughout 2015 the following fuel reduction burns were completed on the West Coast:

  • Tullah Nth - 18ha
  • Mt Farrell - 918ha
  • Granville Rd Sth - 699ha
  • Tasman River - 616ha
  • Strahan West - 1153ha
  • Lynch Street, Strahan - 32ha
  • Collingwood Plain, Queenstown – 130ha
  • Cataract Tier, Queenstown – 1249ha

For further information regarding fuel reduction burns and future plans for burns, please contact Parks & Wildlife Service on 1300 827 727.

TFS in conjunction with other agencies prepare various plans for Tasmanian communities to assist in the management and control of fires.  There are various levels of planning involved, with some material available for the public and other materials for use by emergency management agencies and personnel.  Council can confirm that Community Bushfire Protection Plans have been completed and are available on the TFS website for:

  • Queenstown – Council has been advised by TFS that Queenstown should have a published Community Bushfire Protection Plan and Community Bushfire Response Plan for the 2017/18 fire season.

These Community Bushfire Protection Plans provide information for community members to assist with bushfire preparation and survival.  Plans include information on nearby safer places, mapping, evacuation routes and emergency information.

Bushfire Response Plans and Bushfire Mitigation Plans are designed to aid emergency management agencies, including West Coast Council, and personnel with specific detailed community assistance identification, public safety priorities, evacuation centre control, infrastructure locations (e.g. water points), resource management and key assets.

Zeehan Bushfire Mitigation Planning has commenced - read more here

West Coast Council through the West Coast Visitor Information Centre also provides information to tourists in emergency situations.

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PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467