In preparation for the forthcoming fire season, Murrindindi Shire Council began its Fire Prevention Slashing Program on 21 October.
Murrindindi Shire Council Environment Portfolio Councillor, Bec Bowles said traditionally we have carried out one ‘slash’ per year, usually beginning the Program around November.
“However, last year we trialled an earlier start to the Slashing Program with follow-up ‘cuts’ where there had been substantial regrowth. We got some great feedback from the community about this approach, so we’re pleased to be able to do it again this year,” Cr Bowles said.
“Our contractors have started slashing in the warmer areas of the Shire, namely around Alexandra and Eildon, and will then move on to the Taggerty, Yarck, Molesworth, Yea and Highlands areas from the end of October.
“Mid-November will see slashing begin in the Strath Creek, Flowerdale and Glenburn areas. The majority of Marysville’s fire prevention slashing works will be carried out by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
“Slashing works around the Kinglake Ranges are scheduled to kick off in early December. Council officers are working closely with neighbouring councils and VicRoads to ensure fire prevention works in the Kinglake Ranges area are carefully coordinated.
“Please note, the days and times of scheduled slashing is subject to change according to weather conditions. We’ll do our best to keep the schedules as up-to-date as possible, so be sure to keep your eye on our website,” Cr Bowles said.
“Fire preparedness is a high priority for Council. Our Fire Prevention Slashing Program is aimed at protecting our assets and maintaining access for vehicles.
“While Council is doing its part, the whole community needs to work together to manage grass and fire risks during the fire danger period too,” Cr Bowles added.
As part of Council’s broader fire prevention activities, Council officers will also be inspecting properties with heavy fuel loads (grass, stubble, weeds and leaf litter) around the Shire. Officers will work with landowners to ensure they maintain their property’s fuel load throughout the fire danger period.
For more information, including a list of roads for which VicRoads is responsible for conducting fire prevention works on and a link to the neighbouring City of Whittlesea’s slashing program, see www.murrindindi.vic.gov.au/slashing or contact Council on 5772 0333.Advertisement