Grant to revitalise tank network

THE Tasmania Fire Service has secured a national grant to restore 56 water tanks on behalf of the Central Highlands community, to boost the region’s bushfire preparedness.

The Miena Water Tanks Project was funded as part of the Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Grants Program.

The successful grant of $16,000 was secured by the Midlands District Officer Jason Vinen, on behalf of the local community and local TFS brigades.

Acting Regional Chief South Phil Smith said there were 56 concrete water tanks around the Central Highlands area that were first established more than 20 years ago when subdivisions were first being developed in the area.

“They were built to ensure water is accessible to community members in the event of a bushfire, however,  they have declined over the years, and some are no longer in an operational condition,’’ Mr Smith said. “The funded project is expected to take about six months and will include undertaking a review of the existing tanks to identify what works are required to properly restore the tanks.

“The restoration will also include the addition of signage, including QR codes, that link to bushfire preparation advice and response plans.’’

The tanks will each also be geo-referenced from 1-56, with their locations updated within those response plans.

This signage will enable the tanks to be more easily identified and will ensure community members and visitors are aware the water source is non-potable, and therefore is only suitable for firefighting purposes.

“These valuable assets will be used as additional resources by local fire brigades which will boost the community’s bushfire preparedness and resilience into the future.’’