Petition to reduce Lenah Valley fire risk

LABOR Member for Clark Ella Haddad has joined with Lenah Valley residents to start a petition calling on the State Government to assist in the removal of pine trees thought to pose a fire risk to the area.

Following the 1967 bushfires which devastated Tasmania – including the Lenah Valley bushland – hundreds of pine trees were self-seeded and now present fuel load around the suburb.

After being contacted by concerned residents, Labor Member for Clark Ella Haddad has started a petition calling on the Government to provide assistance in their removal.

“A number of residents in the Lenah Valley area have contacted me about the risk associated with the pine trees and many are concerned about the risk to the suburb, surrounding bushland and natural habitats in the Lenah Valley area,” Ms Haddad said.

“These are not native trees and have all self-seeding since the 1967 bushfires – they present a real fire risk and must be moved.

“The goal of our petition is simple: we’re asking the Government to put the minds of Lenah Valley residents at ease and work with the City of Hobart to take immediate action through clearing the pine trees.”

The petition is available to sign online at www.ellahaddad.com/campaigns/lenah-valley-fire-safety or by phoning Ella Haddad’s office on 6212 2286.

Ms Haddad will also be doorknocking with the petition in coming weeks.

Caption: Ella Haddad, together with Lenah Valley residents, has launched a petition to reduce fire risk in the area.

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