Machinery operations proposal up for comment


Public comment is being sought on a draft document that is proposing to improve the restrictions on agricultural machinery operations during summer months in Tasmania. Source: AFDJ eNews

Currently, machinery operations like harvesting are not normally permitted once a total fire ban has been declared in Tasmania.

The new proposal has been formulated by a committee of agriculture-based stakeholders including agricultural contractors, civil contractors, Poppy Growers Tasmania, Pyrethrum Harvesting, the Tasmanian Transport Association, and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, in conjunction with the Tasmanian Fire Service.

It aims to provide greater clarity and flexibility for all involved in harvesting/machinery operations during ban periods, and has been influenced by similar models that are currently operating in other states of Australia.

A refined final draft of the document will be presented to the Tasmania Fire Service and the State Government for consideration and implementation prior to the 2016/17 fire season.

A copy of the document is available at

Comments should be submitted via email to by 9 May 2016.