Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

7 May 2020

Mark Shelton, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Red Hot Tips Program

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to keeping Tasmanians safe from the threat of bushfires.

The State Fire Management Council (SFMC) will have an exhibitor stand at this year’s Agfest 2020 in the cloud. The exhibit will be a one-stop service for farmers and rural landholders on bushfire management and planning. I am excited to announce that as part of the SFMC’s presence at Agfest, landholders will also be invited to register to participate in the enhanced Red Hot Tips Program.

Red Hot Tips aims to educate, engage, and support farmers and rural landholders to actively manage their bushfire risk, while encouraging collaborative, practical vegetation fire management and ecological sustainability. Facilitators will work with farmers to provide:

  • practical advice on effective bushfire management planning;
  • guidance on developing fuel reduction burn plans;
  • opportunities for private and public landholders to work together on training and mentoring;
  • assistance identifying resources needed for planned fuel reduction burning;
  • advice on alternative fuel reduction treatments; and
  • access to helpful resources like the SFMC booklet.

Facilitators will start working with landholders in August 2020 and more information can be found at the Red Hot Tips web site at

The Coordinator for the Red Hot Tip Program is being advertised this week on the, in the major Tasmanian newspapers, on Seek and NRM jobs. SFMC will also communicate through existing stakeholder networks.

This initiative will build on the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s nation leading fuel reduction strategy, which has helped to reduce the state-wide bushfire risk to the lowest it has been in 15 years.

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