VIC/TAS Industry Talk: World Habitat Day – Managing Fire Risks in Our Urban Reserves

2 Oct 2023
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To mark the occasion of World Habitat Day, join Kathryn Pugh – Manager Parks & Sustainability at the City of Launceston to explore their Bushfire Management Strategy and approach of cool autumn burns to manage for ecological impacts, balancing property & human safety with natural values, and moving towards integration with cultural burning.

About World Habitat Day

The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our habitats. The Day is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

City of Launceston’s Bushfire Management Strategy

The Bushfire Management Strategy(PDF, 61MB) describes the approach to managing bushfire risk for land managed by the City of Launceston.

The timing of this strategy followed a number of significant wildfire events in Tasmania and Victoria in preceding years that have led to a review and publication of updated policies and procedures for wildfire prevention, safety and control. Additionally, the most recent climate change modelling predicts a worsening in the fire season for this region. This strategy will assist Council’s preparedness for a likely increased frequency of severe fire events.

This document sets out the City of Launceston’s strategic approach to fire management of the reserves. It describes the context for fire management of the reserves which are largely in an urban setting, relationships to state-wide fire management systems, procedures and initiatives, and other Council plans and programs.

Meet the Speaker

Kathryn Pugh

Manager Parks & Sustainability, City of Launceston

Kathryn is a qualified ecologist, Certified Environmental Practitioner and an Honorary Research Associate of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. She is experienced in landscape water quality and aquatic habitat monitoring programmes, environmental impact assessments, and threatened species management.

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October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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