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Published Monday 10 February 2020
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Fire safety works expanded at Old Broadford Pine Plantation

Fire prevention works have been expanded at the Old Broadford Pine Plantation.

In a collaborative effort between Mitchell Shire Council, Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) the 20-metre fire break surrounding the site was increased by up to 10 metres.

More fire breaks have been created along the walking and biking paths which divide the plantation.

FFMVic, CFA and Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention (MFPO) team have worked extensively to ensure the site is well maintained and managed to reduce risks over the fire season.

After this fire season Council and FFMVic will prepare a Joint Fuel Management Plan (JFMP) for the plantation.

Before the JFMP is prepared, a consultation period will be opened for community feedback on current treatment programs. This work is expected mid-year.

Council works in partnership with organisations like FFMVic, Regional Roads Victoria and VicTrack to prepare the municipality for the fire season.

Council is responsible for slashing and spraying on Council-managed roads and roadsides.

FFMVic in the Murrindindi District (which covers Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires) each year completes over 1000 hectares of Non-Burn Fuel Treatment including mowing, slashing and mulching of fire breaks, tracks and strategic township breaks.

“We all need to work together to reduce the fire risk throughout our community. Everybody has a role to play when it comes to the fire season and being prepared,” he said.
Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe

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