Permit feedback

TFS. Tasmania Fire Service has partnered with other Tasmanian fire management agencies to conduct a review into Tasmania’s fire permit system and is seeking feedback from the community.

The permit system was established in 1979 following inquiries into the devastating 1967 bushfires.

The system plays an important role in protecting life, property and the environment from the threat of fire. It enables the monitoring and control of use of fire within Tasmanian communities and also provides legal protections for the permit holder in the event they lose control of a permitted fire.

TFS chief officer Chris Arnol highlights the importance of engaging the community in the review process.

“A large focus of the review will involve stakeholder consultation and we are starting that process by encouraging Tasmanians with an interest in the fire permit system to participate in a 15 to 20 minute online survey.

“The aim of the review is to improve service delivery to the Tasmanian community through delivering administrative efficiencies, quality public education and improved systems and procedures relating to the use of fire in Tasmania.”

The review is the first since the establishment of the system and is expected to take five to six months to complete.

The survey is also open to all members of the public and stakeholders who utilise fire on their properties or are affected by fires in the landscape.

To access and complete the online survey, open until midnight this Sunday (May 28), visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and click on the survey link.

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