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Community Protection Plans

Community Protection Planning:

What is it?

An innovative emergency planning project to identify protection priorities and additional shelter options for bushfire prone Tasmanian communities.



    • Community Bushfire Protection Plan

A simple plan for community members, it includes information on the location of nearby safer places and exit routes, and the names of local emergency broadcasters as well as general bushfire safety information.

The purpose of the protection plan is to better inform the community of their options when bushfire threatens, and assist with the development of personal Bushfire Survival Plans.

    • Community Bushfire Response Plan

A plan for firefighters and emergency managers, it includes information on public safety priorities, hazards, community assets and operational features.

The purpose of the response plan is to better inform emergency managers, so that the community and its assets are better protected, particularly when bushfires are burning out of control.


How to use your Community Bushfire Protection Plan:

    • How to use your Community Bushfire Protection Plan
    • Download your Community Bushfire Protection Plan from the TFS website, or request a printed copy by calling 1800 000 699.
    • Take the time to carefully read your Community Bushfire Protection Plan.
    • Use the information contained in your Community Bushfire Protection Plan, such as the location of nearby safer places and exit routes, to help develop your Bushfire Survival Plan.
    • Keep your Community Bushfire Protection Plan and Bushfire Survival Plan together, in an easily accessible location. 


Newly released Protection Plans

              Map location and link to follow

  • The following areas have had plans finalised for use by residents.

  • More planning is underway. Keep watching this page for more info.


    Northern Region

    Binalong Bay Area
    Blackstone Heights
    Four Mile Creek
    Scamander Area - including Beaumaris and Upper Scamander
    St Helens Area
    Stieglitz Area
    Weymouth Area - including Lulworth and Tam O'Shanter


    Southern Region

    Bagdad Area - including Green Valley and East Bagdad
    Bonnet Hill
    Coles Bay Area - including Point Meredith, Swanwick and The Fisheries
    Collinsvale - including Collins Cap, Glenlusk, Fairy Glen and Springdale
    Dolphin Sands
    Fern Tree
    Greater Bagdad - including Dysart, Mangalore, Black Brush and Broadmarsh
    Kempton - Melton Mowbray
    Molesworth Area - including Malbina and Sorell Creek (South)
    Mt Nelson and Tolmans Hill
    Mt Rumney Area - including Mt Canopus
    National Park
    Neika - Leslie Vale
    Snug Area
    South Hobart
    Taroona Area
    The Lea
    Tinderbox Area


More about the planning process....

Developing the plans currently involves the following main steps:

  • Drafting plans: using input from a range of organisations as well as community members about the likely location of vulnerable groups during bushfires and valuable community assets
  • Consultation: inviting comments from the community and our emergency management partners on the draft plans
  • Issue: a final check of the plans before they are issued on the TFS website.

What else is involved?
The Community Protection Planning initiative includes a number of other aspects, aimed at better protecting the Tasmanian community when bushfires are unable to be controlled:

Community Fire Refuge Arrangements:
  • Community fire refuges are another safety option that might be used by the TFS during bushfires.

  • Community fire refuges are not evacuation or recovery centres-they will only be used for a few hours.

  • They will not be used in every bushfire and there will not be one in every local area.

     Read more: Community fire refuges 

Bushfire Ready Schools:
  • The ‘Bushfire Ready Schools’ initiative is another joint effort between TFS and the education sector in Tasmania with DoE, Catholic and Independent school associations actively involved.

  • This initiative supports the provision of consistent and coordinated advice to improve the bushfire preparedness of schools and child care facilities.

Read more:

TFS Info about Bushfire Ready Schools


Building in Bushfire Prone Areas:
  • This initiative is focused on establishing consistent standards for use by all councils related to building in bushfire prone areas.

Read more: TFS Guide 'Building in Bushfire Prone Areas'

Related Links:

AFAC Position on Bushfire Safety 

AFAC Member Agencies

State and Territory Emergency Services

Tasmanian councils

TFS Bushfire Safety Publications

TFS Bushfire Safety Information

TAS Planned Fuel Reduction Activities

DPIPWE Lands, Titles and Property (including a link to The LIST)


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