Nillumbik Council ramps up bushfire preparations

Published on 05 October 2017

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With Fire Action Week kicking off from 13 - 20 October, Nillumbik Shire Council is working closely with local CFA brigades to identify and reduce bushfire risks on Council land to help improve community safety. 

Nillumbik Shire Mayor Cr Peter Clarke said Council is preparing for the summer season with bushfire mitigation plans underway, this includes roadside clearing, slashing and mowing, tree management and native vegetation clearing.

“Council’s fire prevention program also includes ensuring maintenance of fire tracks, power line clearance, removing hazardous trees, clearing road sides, water tank maintenance and environmental works in our 32 reserves,” Cr Clarke said.

“This work is vital for Council to undertake but it will not eliminate our bushfire risk entirely.

“It is important for residents to have a think about their own properties and start to get them ready for summer by conducting regular maintenance of their property, including clearing long grass, timber and wood stores, gutters and drains.”

Council has also introduced free green waste vouchers, giving residents the flexibility to recycle garden materials and vegetation at the Recycling and Recovery Centre in Plenty at a convenient time throughout the year.

The new green waste vouchers are for one cubic metre of domestic green waste like prunings, garden clippings, leaves or grass or one level 6 x 4m sized trailer load or less. Loads larger than this will require two vouchers.

Visit the CFA website for more ideas and information to help prepare and protect yourself and your property this bushfire season.