Plans put in place to protect ACT from bushfire

Released 14/10/2013

A comprehensive plan has been prepared by TAMS to help protect the ACT during the upcoming fire season, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.

"With the ACT and surrounding region predicted to experience a higher than average risk this bushfire season, a comprehensive fire related operational works plan has been prepared to help manage the risk," Mr Rattenbury said.

"It builds on efforts undertaken earlier this year which saw a significant number of hazard reduction burns completed.

"This year's program proposes over 6500 hectares of hazard reduction burns at sites such as Aranda bushland, Black Mountain, Bruce/O'Connor Ridge, Cooleman Ridge, Kowen Forest, Namadgi, Red Hill and Wanniassa Hills. Hazard reduction involves much more than just burning, there is also planned to be over 7500 hectares of slashing across urban and rural sites to create buffer zones. A grazing program covering over 6500 hectares of strategic locations has also commenced along with 65 hectares of physical fuel removal.

"A range of access improvements and maintenance work are proposed to be undertaken at sites across Canberra to help in the response to any bushfires. This includes upgrades to Mount Franklin Road and Bendora Break in Namadgi National Park, Macarthur Hill in suburban Canberra as well as maintenance to fire trails at Calwell, Hume, Mt Rogers, Red Hill, Tidbinbilla and Wanniassa Hills.

"This work follows on from last year's BOP which was the largest program undertaken in the ACT in 40 years. Last year 96 per cent of the BOP was completed including 42 controlled burns totalling over 12,500 hectares, 8000 hectares of slashing, 7000 hectares of grazing, 74 hectares of physical fuel removal and over 650 kilometres of fire trail maintenance and upgrade.

"This year's program specifically addresses the risk of grassfires which are expected to be the most significant bushfire management issue this fire season. However, as with all operational plans, there is also scope for flexibility as priorities change with the seasonal conditions.

"The bushfire operational plan is designed to help maintain appropriate fuel levels in the ACT's parks, reserves and open spaces as well as across the catchments to protect our city's water supply," Mr Rattenbury said.

TAMS provides over 140 fully trained and fit permanent fire fighters to assist the ACT Rural Fire Service in all its operations across the ACT and surrounds as well as to implement the TAMS land management fire operations.


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