Bushfire Mitigation Works Program
Council’s Bushfire Mitigation (Fire Prevention) Works Program is developed each year in consultation with the Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee which includes expert input from the CFA, local brigades, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and others.
The program includes:
- fuel reduction works in Council reserves
- slashing/mowing on roadsides
- box clearance (removal of vegetation encroaching the required ‘clear’ zone of the road) and hazard tree removal/pruning for access/egress purposes on declared priority roads
- ongoing scheduled maintenance works of regrowth of roadside trees affected by the 2009 bushfires
You can view a full list of this year’s works in the Bushfire Mitigation (Fire Prevention) Works Program(XLSX, 34KB)
The program is reviewed and continually evolves as we learn more about fire science and behaviour, and as the landscape changes. We aim to get the best value for money for the community while reducing fire risk where possible and this means the works program may change annually as new roads are included and others are removed. However, when conditions are Severe, Extreme and Code Red, vegetation management only plays a very small part in stopping the spread of a fire.
Each year, the majority of works are scheduled to be completed by 1 December. This target can alter by a couple of weeks due to inclement weather, a longer growing season, site accessibility, machinery breakdowns and contractor issues. This balances the potential start of the Fire Danger Period, the need to pre-book contractors, beginning of summer weather patterns and the Christmas holiday period.
We work with our contractors to schedule works as late as possible to maximise benefit, for example, we want grass to be as cured as much possible before we cut so we only have to do it once, but need to commence early enough so that works are completed ahead of the peak fire season.
Peak fire season is dependent on summer weather patterns, but is often around January.
The recent wet conditions will potentially prolong the growing season which may mean we’ll have to re-do some mowing and slashing in late December and January. Staff will continue to monitor and report on this.
Our fire prevention and preparation works also include fire track maintenance, clearing vegetation from around electric lines and water tank maintenance.
If you are concerned about the fire risk on a road that does not appear on the program of works, please contact us on 9433 3111 to discuss your concerns and a Fire Prevention Officer will undertake an inspection.