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Published Friday 18 January 2019
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More than 600 fire prevention notices issued

Mitchell Shire is working to reduce fire risk by taking preventative measures against private property owners which has resulted in less fire prevention notices issued this summer when compared to last year.

Approximately 630 fire prevention notices have been issued across the shire, around 100 less than this time last year. A zero-tolerance policy applies, and infringement notices will be issued if clean up advice is not followed.

The Free Green Waste initiative in November 2018, roadside slashing and the prevention notices are all part of Mitchell Shire’s crucial fire prevention program.

Mitchell Shire Councillor Mayor Bill Chisholm said he was pleased to see the municipality taking fire prevention seriously.

“I am pleased to see most people taking care of their properties and avoiding fire risk, keeping everyone safe. We can’t become complacent and this takes a community-wide effort to be successful,” he said.

“Our first round of roadside slashing and spraying is completed, and we are looking at starting the second round of roadside slashing soon.

“I would like to thank those residents who have maintained and prepared their properties for the fire danger period. We need to make sure everyone is pitching in as it is a community issue.”

If a recipient of a fire prevention notice does not clean up, property owners can face an infringement notice in excess of $1600, plus the costs of completing the works at the property.

We inspect properties for fire hazards year-round. Your property must be clear of fire hazards before and during the Fire Danger Period. The type of work you will be asked to do will be determined by where you live and the size of your property.

Mitchell Shire Council maintains council land and roads to keep public regions fire ready. Other governmental bodies, such as VicRoads, VicTrack and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, keep their roads and land maintained as well.

Mitchell Shire Council are still not issuing permits to burn and will continue to move forward with fire safety throughout 2019.

If you would like to know more about our fire prevention programs and rules, please visit https://www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au/services/fire-and-other-emergencies/

If you need advice about managing your land to reduce fuel loads, please contact your local CFA bridge or contact the Mitchell Shire Municipal Fire Prevention Officer on 03 5734 6200.