While many industries were slowing down, and many people were setting up to work from home, ASU Delegate Melanie Gent and her colleagues at the City of Hobart were busy with their autumn hazard reduction burn program.

The Fire and Biodiversity Team lead the low-intensity burns as an important component of bushfire mitigation measures that help protect Hobart from the impact of destructive bushfires.

Through careful planning and preparation, threatened plant and animal species, hollow-bearing trees, and aboriginal and cultural heritage are protected while the fuel load from bushlands surrounding Hobart is reduced.

ASU members at the City of Hobart look after 4600ha of bushland across five major reserves; from the towering forests on the slopes of kunanyi/Mt Wellington, all the way down to the grasslands of the Queens Domain.

Many of their burns are undertaken in difficult steep terrain where the work is physically demanding, but Melanie says that gains a lot of satisfaction from safely achieving great results for the environment and the community.

Our thanks go out to the Fire and Biodiversity Team at City of Hobart, and to teams ac across the state, for the hard work and dedication that keeps us all safe.

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