Fairer Conditions Spell Good News For Firefighters

Across the state over twenty five fires are still burning but
that number is falling and is far down from the more than seventy
that have blazed in remote areas over the past two months.

Around two hundred and fifty fire-fighters from interstate have arrived,
over the past several weeks and have set up at a specially assigned base camp
near Stanley in the state’s north-west.
The Tasmania Fire Service say this has been the biggest mobilisation of interstate fire-fighters ever in Tasmania.

TFS chief officer Gavin Freeman said that shift to favourable weather conditions
should mean more fire-fighters will be able douse the blaze’s edge
rather than meerly hold containment lines and thus start to push back against the bulk of the fires.

“We’re now able, because the fire conditions have abated, to get closer in
to where the fire edge actually is with tanker crews to extinguish
the fire directly without taking large tracts of land out,” he said.

“There’s still a lot of work to do, a lot of mopping up to do.”

He also stated that the next few days should be vital in aiding crews before the weather warms up, later in the week.

“We’re pretty confident that we’ve got some solid lines
around these fires, but we’re at the hands of the weather,” he said.

“There still could be the possibility of unpredicted wind changes or unpredicted strong winds that these fires could escape.”

Mr Freeman said he expected the interstate crews should remain at the Stanley home base for the next fortnight,
to bolster the line of Tasmanian crews working at the borders of a blaze covering more than 60,000 hectares.

“We have some plans in place to continue that on through March if need be, but I don’t anticipate that will be the case,” Mr Freeman said.

For more information, please visit: www.fire.tas.gov.au

Heritage Farming Weekend

The Historical Machinery Club Tasmania is holding their biennial Sassafras Heritage Farming Weekend soon.

The weekend is set to be a fun and informative filled time, with many events on offer including but not limited to:

-Potato Harvesting info sessions

-A Fergie Tractor Display

-Steam Display

-Stone Crushing

-Sheep Shearing

-And everything from Vintage Tractors to Vintage Cars and a Miniature Railway.

There will also be a Craft Display and live music
from Rino and Jade along with Tania Kernaghan, so there is sure to be something for the whole family.

The event will be held from Friday the 26th of February to the 28th,
with gates opening at 9:00 am, on 7738 Bass Highway, Sassafras, Latrobe.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, please visit: sassafrasheritagefarmingweekend.com.au

Country Music In Latrobe

The Town of Latrobe will play host to their annual Country Music Day this Sunday, with enjoyable country music presented by artists from the North-West and other parts of Tasmania.

The  event will be held in this picturesque setting of Bell’s Parade and will take place from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.The day is to be conducted by the Lions Club of Forth Valley and will also be in aid of raising funds for the club’s community service activities.

Food and drinks will be on offer throughout the day.

For further information: 0407 803 529.

RECLAIM THE LANE: MARKET STALLHOLDER CALL OUT!

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Reclaim the Lane is Devonport’s youth arts and music festival celebrating the contributions young people make to the Devonport community and providing a space for young artists and musicians to exhibit their work. The event is coordinated by Devonport Regional Gallery (DRG), Devonport City Council (DCC) and Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc. (YFCC), and organised by young volunteers of DRG, the Droogs.

Reclaim the Lane converts Rooke Lane from a traffic thoroughfare into a vibrant and creative event catering to the city’s young people and their families. This is the fifth year Reclaim the Lane celebrates National Youth Week in Devonport, and an audience of 500 is expected to attend.

The 2016 event will be held:
Friday 8 April 2016, 3–5 pm
Rooke Lane, Devonport (between Steele and Stewart Streets)

 

Reclaim the Lane market

For the 2016 event, the Droogs wish to provide an opportunity for young makers (aged 16 to 30 years) to sell and promote their wares to a local audience. Due to limited space, only five makers will be selected to have a stall at Reclaim the Lane 2016.  This is a unique and exclusive opportunity for young makers across the North West of Tasmania.

Selection criteria

The event organisers will select the five makers using the following selection criteria:

  1. Quality (Tasmanian designed and made by you)
  2. Age (makers must be between the ages of 16 and 30 years)
  3. Price (as this is a youth event, consideration will be made regarding the affordability of products to a young market)

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Tasmanian Fire Update

2015 was the hottest year in recorded history and Tasmania, unfortunately, has been hit hard by this extreme weather. Up to 50 wildfires have burned statewide, most in alpine and inaccessible areas. This had left the west coast including the Gordon River National park, central plateau and world heritage areas of the south affected badly. Approximately 40,000 hectares of heritage listed land has burned and put rare species of flora and fauna at risk of destruction. Thankfully no lives have been lost nor property, however, the damage to this unique ecosystem has been extensive and thorough. Fires close to populations centres have been put under control as weather conditions aided these areas. Glimpses of the charred and blackened landscapes Tasmania is so famous for having lush and green shows just how big a threat these fires pose.

 

Tyler Martin