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Published Monday 18 October 2021
Tags:General, Media Release, Emergency

Time to prepare your property and fire plan

With above average rainfall predicted for spring and summer, and with it, unprecedented grass growth, Mitchell Shire residents are urged to prepare their properties and bushfire survival plans.

Mitchell Shire is a high bushfire and grassfire risk area. It’s important people understand their fire risk, prepare their properties and make a bushfire survival plan.

In preparing their properties and during the fire danger period, residents are encouraged to:

  • Plan what to do in the event of a fire and know where to access information on high fire danger days
  • Download the VicEmergency app
  • Keep the grass short around your property
  • Remove, leaves, twigs and loose bark from around the home
  • Remove or prune shrubs near windows and under branches of mature trees
  • Cut back overhanging tree branches within 10 metres of houses and keep gutters clear
  • Remove other material that can burn from around your home such as boxes, furniture and woodpiles
  • Be prepared for power failures which could impact NBN connections and other telecommunication services
  • Pack an emergency kit of essentials such as important documents, first-aid, medications, blankets, water and a battery powered radio
  • Review your home insurance
  • Make a plan for pets and livestock on high fire danger days and in the event of an emergency

Council is also doing its bit to prepare for the fire season with the annual roadside slashing program and fire prevention property inspections starting soon, as well as preparing through our parks and open space maintenance program.

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

“Mitchell Shire is a high-risk bushfire area, and it’s important that our residents take the necessary steps to ensure they are best prepared should a bushfire occur," she said.

“Preparing early is the key. Now is the time to identify your fire risk, clean up your property and make a survival plan that includes what you will do if your plan fails."

“Wherever you live in the Shire, you need to prepare for fire. Residential developments that back onto bush or grassland are still at risk and even urban areas face some risk."

This page was last updated on 10 November 2021.