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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

As fires burn across Tasmania …

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Dear Lindsay,

As fires burn across Tasmania, the TLC’s thoughts are with the communities directly affected.

On behalf of all of us at the TLC, we express our deep concerns and well wishes to those experiencing hardship as a result of such unprecedented fires.

The TLC’s Gordonvale and Five Rivers reserves have been directly impacted by the fires in the south-west and central plateau. Our dedicated team has been working alongside relevant agencies and local communities contributing to the firefighting efforts. We wish to sincerely thank fire crews from the Tasmanian Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, volunteers and local landholders that are giving their all to control these fires and limit their further impact.

We will continue to provide updated information on the impact of fires in the TLC’s reserves via our social media pages. We have also shared an article via our blog with more information on how our teams are responding to both the immediate threats and long-term ecological changes from fire in these landscapes.

As always, we thank you for your ongoing support of the TLC and commitment to nature conservation in Tasmania.

Best regards,

James Hattam
Chief Executive Officer

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  1. Rob Halton

    February 2, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Pleasing to see TLC have taken an active role in the recent firefighting activities.

    James, a question for you re Gordonvale, I have recently been critical of Parks FM Paul Black for not having fuel reduced the extensive Vale of Rasselas in recent times for which remained as a fire hazard beyond belief as I believe it has not had a fire over it since one of those ANM forestry escapes decades ago.

    The question is and please provide an honest answer, with the preservation of the relics at the site, lets say post and rail fencing and various decrepit wooden structures that will burn, was it initially. a demand or request by TLC not to fire up the Vale because of the effect on remaining Gordonvale artifacts!

    Partly madness under crisis management that Parks under duress during the height of the Gell River fire actually prevented the incineration of Lake Rhona surrounds by the installation of sprinklers!

    Really why expect special site protection measures at the height of wild fire fighting in the area when with reasonably good foward planning by Parks, they could have achieved a far more satisfactory outcomes by using their dedicated fire fighting special teams the RAT’s during the off peak period.
    Parks RAT’s are a pretty good mob to send on difficult missions unlike some of their Parks FM CEO who claims that they{Parks} are still developing FM plans over the next couple of years.

    Regular shoulder seasonal burning of the Vale would lessen the overall impact of wildfires in the region.and allow fire crews a safer pathway for suppression tactics when will this actually happen within the SW WHA !

    Parks are dragging their feet with fire management practice, look out for some of your other important reserves on the Central Plateau, Parks may not be able to assist you to preserve your areas of nature conservation!

    No doubt your teams efforts within the Central Highlands community is appreciated as the fires will continue most likely till the end of March with dropping SDI.s and Autumn rains.

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