Bushfire mitigation works

Published on 30 September 2015

Fire prevention works

Nillumbik Shire Council’s bushfire mitigation works program(DOCX, 45KB), developed in consultation with the Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee and local CFA brigades to prepare the Shire for the next fire season, is underway.

A total of $770,000 has been allocated for the program which has taken a strategic and risk-based approach to aligning the works with clear bushfire mitigation objectives.

The bushfire mitigation works program involves fuel reduction works such as slashing and vegetation removal on Council-owned roadsides and reserves at various locations across the Shire.  Box clearing to improve road safety will also take place. This is in addition to the ongoing annual maintenance schedule.

Works will also take place in the fire affected areas to manage the quantity and density of the regrowth.

Council officers have worked in collaboration with CFA to conduct a number of planned burns. These burns compliment the other fire prevention works and will take place subject to prevailing weather conditions.

Nillumbik Shire Mayor Councillor Helen Coleman said, “This is an important piece of work as we enter into spring and summer.  The current weather of rain and sunshine speeds up the growth of vegetation and this program assists with reducing the impact on the Shire throughout the summer months.

“It’s also important for residents to have a think about their own properties and start to get them ready for summer. The work undertaken by council will not eliminate the bushfire risk."

Council has two free green waste drop-off days, Sunday 29 November and Sunday 7 February 2016 at the Nillumbik Recycling and Recovery Centre, 290 Yan Yean Road.

“The CFA also advises that travel on roads during a fire is dangerous; visibility may be poor due to smoke and roads may be blocked due to falling trees, collisions or emergency vehicles. If you live in a bushfire prone area, prepare your property and have a plan,” said Councillor Coleman.

Neighbourhood Safer Places are buildings or spaces within the community that may afford some protection from radiant heat, the biggest killer during bushfire.

They are a last resort shelter that may assist people when there is imminent threat of bushfire and they have no plan, or their planned options are not possible.

They are not locations to relocate to when leaving early. On days when there is advice to leave early people should relocate well away to an area of lower risk either the night before or early in the morning.

There are seven locations in Nillumbik that have met the CFA’s criteria for being designated as a Neighbourhood safer places they are:

  • Diamond Hills Reserve Oval, Plenty River Drive, Greensborough (Mel Ref 11 B9)
  • The Outdoor Performance Centre, Civic Drive, Greensborough (Mel Ref 11 A10)
  • Diamond Creek Community Centre, Main Hurstbridge Road, Diamond Creek (Mel Ref 12 A6)
  • Yarrambat Golf Course Clubrooms, Yan Yean Road, Yarrambat (Mel Ref 184 F5)
  • Collendina Reserve, Collendina Crescent, Greensborough (Mel Ref 10 F10)
  • Car park between Arthur and Dudley Streets, Eltham (Mel Ref 21 K 5)
  • Hurstbridge Basketball Stadium, Graysharps Road, Hurstbridge

Information about how to protect your life and property from bushfire can be found at www.cfa.vic.gov.au .