Fire Danger Period looms
With the official Country Fire Authority (CFA) Fire Danger Period beginning on Monday 12 November, residents are being reminded to stay vigilant during summer months and to always be fire-ready.
Mitchell Shire Council is no longer issuing permits to burn and will continue to move forward with fire safety, including fire prevention notices, roadside slashing and the annual free green waste drop off program.
Mitchell Shire residents are also reminded to keep their properties fire-ready, with urban properties required to keep grass under 20 centimetres.
Rural properties should be proactive and maintain an adequate fire break.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Rhonda Sanderson said everyone was responsible for fire prevention.
“Council is doing our bit, but Mitchell Shire residents also need to stay vigilant and take action to prepare for the upcoming fire season and remember we live in a high-risk area,” Cr Sanderson said.
“Landholders and tenants are expected to do their bit for the community and keep their properties fire-ready.
“We all love this community, so it is up to those us in the Mitchell Shire to be responsible and committed to safe guarding the region.”
Mitchell Shire Council has begun to inspect properties and issue Fire Prevention Notices.
So far 163 notices have been issued through Pyalong and Tooborac, while inspections are underway in other towns across the Shire.
If they don’t clean up, property owners can face an infringement notice in excess of $1600, plus the costs of completing the works at the property.
Council’s Roadside Spraying Program was completed in October, and the Roadside Slashing began this week.
Residents are also reminded to take advantage of free green waste disposals at Resource Recovery Centres in Broadford, Pyalong, Seymour and Wallan on select days in November.
Leaves, twigs, garden weeds, grass clippings and tree branches under 30 centimetres in diameter can be dropped off for free during opening hours at Broadford or Wallan on Saturday and Sundays, and at Pyalong and Seymour on Saturdays and Mondays.