Home destroyed

Emergency. A house fire at Cantara Road, Smithton has resulted in more than half a million dollars worth of damage. Emergency services were alerted to the structural fire just after 6pm on Sunday night with Tasmania Fire Service units from Smithton, Stanley and Boat Harbour attending the scene. Crews arrived to discover a large part …

1 year ago

House fire

Montagu. A fire that damaged a home at Montagu this week was caused by an electrical fault, police say. Emergency services were called to the Gourley’s Road property at 9.40am on Tuesday after a neighbour reported the scene. The occupants were not at home at the time. The fire was contained to the kitchen before being …

1 year ago

Vinnies’ new-look season

Charity. St Vincent de Paul Society in Smithton has re-opened its doors following the April 10 fire that damaged the building and stock, with a fresh new look and a bigger range to choose from. “The support shown by the community following the fire has been tremendous and has made this whole ordeal a little …

2 years ago
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Fire fuels creativity

Experience. Local artists will have Nelson Bay as their backdrop when they meet for a retreat guided by Latrobe’s June Wilson. The day will be held at Sue and Ashley Popowski’s shack, POP INN, on Saturday September 10 to coincide with Circular Head Council’s ‘Art About Town’ month. The theme for this year’s art and …

2 years ago

Fire management must be addressed

Local volunteers join their brigades to protect their local community. I have been concerned for several years since the growth of private forestry plantations in the area and the downsizing of Forestry Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service’s firefighting capacity in the area and indeed the state. We kept asking who was going to provide …

2 years ago

Couta bonds

Courage. A day of fellowship was held at Couta Rocks on Sunday, for those affected by the recent bushfires. Described as both ‘fierce’ and ‘unpredictable’, the January 27 fire threatened shacks and people in the small shack community as the majority stayed to defend their properties. With the intensity of the situation at hand, those …

2 years ago

Vinnies fire

Update. A 19-year-old north-west woman will be proceeded against for the St Vincent De Paul fire in Smithton on Sunday April 10. Smithton Police and Tasmania Fire Service were called to the Nelson Street building at 12am, where a fire had started in the loading bay before spreading to the building. No one was injured …

2 years ago
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Vinnies fire believed deliberate

Police. Smithton Police has thanked local firefighters for saving a burning building in the wake of fire early Sunday morning (April 10). Police and Tasmania Fire Service were called to St Vincent de Paul Society on Nelson Street, Smithton at 12am, where a fire had started in the loading bay before spreading to the building. …

2 years ago

Sandy Cape threat

Fire. Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) issued a bushfire ‘Watch and Act’ alert for Sandy Cape last Thursday due to the ‘Mawbanna’ fire’s uncontrolled nature at the time. Blazing since January 14, the fire extends from Mawbanna in a south-west direction to Norfolk Range. According to the TFS website, the main fire has burned in forested …

3 years ago

Road closures

Update. Following assessment of current public roads closed in the Circular Head area as a result of recent fire activity, the majority of roads have been opened to the public with the exception of: • Sumac Road from Lake Chisholm Road turn-off South; • Rapid River Road from the intersection with Sumac Road to the intersection with Tayatea …

3 years ago
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