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01 NOV 2016 Sandra Whight


Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program

Applications will soon open for grants to fund projects that contribute to keeping the community safe from bushfires.

The National Bushfire Mitigation Program is a partnership between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories to reduce the impact of bushfires and build a more disaster resilient Australia.

The 2017-2018 program is part of a three year $15M strategy.

In Tasmania, the program is targeted towards long-term bushfire mitigation strategies and improved fuel reduction activities across the state.

Projects that build community resilience, contribute to the reduction of fuel loads through land management strategies and research that contributes to preparedness and resilience are encouraged to apply for the funding.

Organisations eligible to apply for funding under the program are State Government agencies, local councils, non-profit organisations and universities and other research institutions. Projects are funded on a cost-sharing basis, with the grant contributing up to 50 per cent of the cost.

The third round will be open for applications from the 1 November, with more information available on the SES website: Applications close 31st January and projects will commence mid-year.

There were six successful projects which received funding the 2016-2017 round:

Tamar Natural Resource Management (NRM) - Tamar Community Fire Resilience Project
This project aims to promote community resilience by increasing understanding of risk management, fire behaviour, fire’s role in different ecosystems, plant and animal responses to fire, what mitigation works are being undertaken in the region and how to improve the preparedness of homes

UTAS - A TFS app to empower landowners to prepare, act and survive bushfires
The development of an app to run on mobile ‘smart-phone’ devices to provide Tasmanian's with clear information about bushfire preparation and prevention, and real-time and future risk of bushfires.

TFS - Building capacity in Tasmanian schools for bushfire mitigation, preparation and emergency planning
This project is an adjunct to the existing Bushfire-ready schools program, but aims to provide more specialist advice and support to build capacity in school emergency managers, and will assist schools at highest risk from bushfire to improve their bushfire safety rating.

Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) - High-resolution reanalysis for Tasmanian project - Stage 2
Generation of a re-analysis dataset for Tasmania at 1.5km back 25 years, to provide a consistent baseline to forecast and model changes in fire weather.

Hobart City Council - Improving strategic bushfire risk management in the City of Hobart
The primary aim of this project is to collaborate with Tasmania Fire Service to develop and refine a consistent standard for hazard managed areas (HMAs) or asset protection zones (APZs) for implementation along the urban interface with the City's bushland reserve system.

DPIPWE (Parks) - PWS northern region fire trail development and maintenance project
The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will undertake repairs to several sections of strategic fire trails within reserves in the Northern Region. The project will also repair a leaking 300,000ltr dam which is the major firefighting water point within the Humbug Point Nature Recreation Area.


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