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Fire preparation – an illustrated guide

Here’s a graphic guide to defending your home

Click on this link to see what to do when a bushfire hits.


Mulching your garden with stones

This story is for people who love to garden but who also live in a bushfire prone area.

It’s also my story because I love mulching with stones.


Problem is: most vegetable garden mulches are a fire hazard and too much soft mulching is a big no no during the fire season. Just when your garden is just begging to be mulched!

All is not lost. One neat answer is lapidary mulching – it’s an old art practiced by, amongst others, the original inhabitants of Easter Island. There are many benefits to lapidary mulching, not least that stones have a lovely aesthetic quality.

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Summer time…

Hot days, bushfires and what to do.

Talk Bubble 1Once again I sit at my keyboard trying to find the right words to make sure that our community is prepared and ready for the bushfire season. It’s a tricky issue – say too much, and people are put off. Say too little, and people are unaware. I would like the community to be informed – but not overwhelmed; prepared – but not panicked.

Have you thought about your bushfire plans this year?

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Bushfire learning opportunity

This summer has been mercifully quiet on the bushfire front, but defending properties against bushfire risk is a question of planning ahead.

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Don’t miss this local opportunity to learn about the basics, including community preparation.

Everyone welcome. Download full brochure HERE.

Bushfire Event

If you would like to attend it is helpful to email Lesley King at Tas Fire Service so they can cater for numbers. Lesley.King@fire.tas.gov.au

Have you got a 1967 bushfire story?

Do you have any memories, direct or indirect, of the 1967 bushfires?

We’re asking because our community is a high fire risk area and the Tas Fire Service is engaging the Tasmanian community in an interesting exploration of the 1967 fires: Personal stories. How the fires affected people (including people you know). How people defended their properties. Impacts on natural habitats and so forth.

If you would like to be part of this, this download shows you how to do it, when and where.

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The photo above was taken at a local fire prevention workshop that we undertook in November, courtesy of Peter Hicken (left) who kindly came up from the Channel to share his wisdom and expansive knowledge of fire defence methods and equipment.

Is your property bushfire ready?

Please join us for an informative bushfire preparation workshop on Saturday.

bushfireThe workshop will visit these two local households for a practical look at how to prepare your own property to defend it against bushfires.

You’ll be able to compare different property elements such as water supply, slope defendable space and so forth. Plenty of time for your questions and for you to look at equipment that’s available.

Download brochure HERE.

Saturday April 11
10.30am – 12.130pm at 105 Waterworks Rd
12 – 12.50pm: Lunch provided at Waterworks reserve
1.00 – 2.30pm: 104 (cnr Waterworks Rd and Romilly St)

To help with catering please do let Lesley King at Tas Fire Service know that you are coming: lesley.king@fire.tas.gov.au

Bushfire Ready Neighbourhoods

At the top end of Waterworks valley, neighbouring households are collaborating with each other to improve their preparedness for serious bushfires should one occur.

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(Burned out vehicle in front of a set of burned out flats in Waterworks Rd, 1967)

In 1967 a number of homes in Waterworks community burned to the ground, this area being extremely vulnerable in a catastrophic fire situation. Conditions this summer are predicted to be very similar to that of 1967, and fuel loads are as high. To make matters worse, most households in our community are not well enough prepared.

How does a community get prepared?

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Your bushfire protection plan

It’s that time of year again! The bushfire season is back with us. Please be prepared.

Use this time to prepare your property! Make sure you are confident about what you will do in the event of a fire coming through the valley. Know when you might leave, and where you would go, and what you would take.

Give your home and yourself the best chance of survival:

    • Clean out the gutters
    • Cut long grass
    • Trim low trees and bushes around the house
    • Be aware of water sources
    • Move winter wood supplies away from the house
    • Check through your fire plan
    • Identify a safe place to shelter if you are caught in a fire (this could be a neighbour’s house)
    • Talk to your neighbours about their plans.

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Bushfire Safety Tips

Waterworks Community has bought a copy of this very handy reference to bushfire preparation and defence.

Bushfire booklet

‘Essential Bushfire Safety Tips’ has everything you need to know to make your bushfire plan with confidence, providing accurate information in an accessible, clear way.

Please email Ruth Painter if you would like to borrow the community copy.

Or if you are keen to get your own copy you can buy it at the ABC shop in town or buy it online via this link.

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Bushfires – local ecology impacts

Here’s a free outdoor workshop for those interested in managing dry bushland ecologies in relation to bushfire management.


Tuesday 1 October 2013, 9.45am – 1pm
Greening Australia Sustainability Learning Centre, 50 Olinda Grove Mt Nelson
(Turn into Hobart College and follow the signs to the Sustainability Learning Centre then second left)
Call 6238 2886 or email bushcare@hobartcity.com.au

What to bring: Note-pad and pen, sturdy shoes, water bottle

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Fire! Fire!

It’s hot, so hot it’s hard to move…getting up to replenish the ice cubes in your drink is an effort…

bushfire…the wind is like air from an oven, the dryness hurts your eyes…seed pods split and crack in the heat and the smell of dry eucalypts is so strong you can taste it…

…your thoughts are of cool water, the beach, maybe a BBQ… the wind whips up dry leaves and dust and it stings against your skin…

It’s got darker – the sun seems to have changed to a dull dark red… Is that a cloud behind the mountain? Can you smell smoke?

Here we are again:
Facing down another summer bush fire season – with the valley looking green and lush, some good rainfall ensuring that the grass is thick, the shrubs are thriving, and the gumtrees have grown taller. All the experts are warning of increased temperatures, stronger winds, a huge fuel load – the inevitability of it all is hard to accept. They say it every year. There have been horrors, of course, look at Dunalley, but you are well-insured, and you will just leave. The house can take its chance, you’ve packed the photos, there’s nothing more really you can do – you’re not a firefighter.

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More on bushfires

The Tasmania Fire Service has produced a one-page bushfire preparation checklist. It’s good idea for all Waterworks residents to print it out and stick a copy on their fridges until March.

Also note: Stephen Bresnehan is Hobart Council’s Bushland Fire Officer. Stephen can provide (free) fire risk management advice to Hobart residents (ph 6238 2886). He can also help if you have concerns, such as neighbouring land which may be getting overgrown, given our wonderful recent growing weather! Stephen’s advice is always practical and helpful.

For more on bushfire protection see our earlier post.

Preparing for Summer Bushfires

Has your household prepared a bushfire plan?

A safe property + many safe properties
= a safer area for fire fighters to defend
= more chance of homes (and people) surviving.

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