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Good neighbours improve your bushfire resilience

GETTING to know the neighbours can be one of the most effective steps in preparing for and surviving bushfire season in fire-prone areas.

Many of Hobart’s residents live in or near bushland, putting them at risk of impact from bushfire.

Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said neighbourhoods where residents combined their efforts tended to be better prepared for the bushfire season.

“A connected community is a safer community,” she said.

“By getting to know your neighbours and working together to prepare your street or neighbourhood, you can actively reduce your bushfire risk.”

Residents are encouraged to get together to plan working bees to create fire breaks around homes, clean gutters or other activities that can help reduce the risk of a bushfire spreading to homes.

“Working together as a group can be far more efficient than going it alone,” Cr Reynolds said.

“And by improving your neighbour’s bushfire resilience, you are actively reducing the risk to your own home as well.”

Cr Reynolds said sharing advice and lived experiences between neighbours could also lead to better bushfire planning around how and when to leave in an emergency.

“It’s also good to check if you have any elderly, infirm or otherwise vulnerable people in your street who may need assistance in an emergency and offer to help them with their preparations,” she said.

“If you feel you may need some extra help, don’t be afraid to reach out to your neighbours and start a discussion.

“You might be pleasantly surprised at just how willing others are to help.”

To find out how to become a bushfire-ready neighbourhood, visit bushfirereadyneighbourhoods.tas.gov.au.

For more information on how to prepare for bushfire and what steps you can take to reduce the risk, visit hobartcity.com.au/prepareforbushfire.

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