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Published Sunday 13 September 2020
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Pyalong Recreation Reserve pine trees survey extended

Pyalong residents are being asked for input on three options to address concerns about the potential fire risk from pine trees at the recreation reserve.

Some community members had expressed concern about the potential fire risk to the school and nearby residents, particularly on Code Red Days.

Council engaged the CFA and an arborist to assess the site. The Country Fire Authority (CFA) report recommends reducing ground-level fuel rather than removal of the pine trees.

Three options are now being put back to the community for input:

  • No action
  • Ground-level fuel reduction and removing branches up to two metres from the ground
  • Remove all 291 trees

An information sheet and survey have been distributed to residents in Pyalong through Australia Post.

The survey was due to close on 11 September but will remain open a little longer due to mail delivery delays.

People can also find out more, read the CFA report and provide input on the Engaging Mitchell consultation portal, Engaging Mitchell Shire..

Comments from Mayor David Lowe

“We haven’t been able to bring everyone together to discuss the report due to COVID restrictions, but the fire season is approaching so we did the next best thing and sent out the survey to residents in Pyalong instead,” he said.

“The mail has taken a little longer than we thought, so we’ve extended the closing date to Monday 21 September 2020.

“I’d encourage Pyalong residents to get involved and let us know what they think to help inform the next steps.”

This page was last updated on 14 September 2020.