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Heat and fire

How residents can prepare

Get Fire Ready

Your Bushfire Survival Plan

You should have a bushfire survival plan that records your decisions about:

  • when you will leave home
  • what you will take with you
  • your Plan B if your car won’t start
  • what you will do if you have children at school

Use the CFA Fire Ready Kit to develop your Bushfire Survival Plan.

Prepare Your Property

  • keep grass and undergrowth trimmed — below 200mm
  • rake up and reduce leaf litter and overgrown shrubs
  • remove branches overhanging buildings and leaf litter from roofs and gutters
  • store fuels and chemicals away from your house
  • move woodpiles away from the house
  • ensure underfloor areas are enclosed or screened
  • prevent embers from entering your house by sealing gaps, vents and roof spaces

For Rural and Semi-Rural Allotments

  • reduce fuel for at least 20 metres around dwellings, your boundary fence and neighbours’ assets
  • make your stock safe — build a fire safe area or paddock by creating a mineral earth break and reducing fuel loads
  • create a firebreak of 10 metres around the perimeter of any allotment boundary that adjoins a township

Download the Victorian Government VicEmergency App

The VicEmergency app is the official Victorian Government app for access to community information and warnings for all types of emergencies in Victoria. It is managed by Emergency Management Victoria and supported by the Department of Justice.

Users can download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Consider Insurance

If you and your family were affected by an emergency, could you repair, replace or rebuild your most valued possessions?

Insurance gives you peace of mind and helps you bounce back financially if an emergency does affect you.

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Maintaining Grass on Private Property

Property owners or occupier of the land are required to maintain the grass on private property all year round. Failing to do so could result in a penalty.

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Green Waste Drop-off

Green waste can be taken to any of Resource Recovery Centres all year round. Please note that fees apply.

To help you prepare your property for fire season, Council offers residents free green waste drop-off prior to fire season (typically in November). Conditions apply and you will need to show your driver’s licence or rates notice. See our waste and resource recovery page for more info.

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Power Outages

In the event of an emergency, the power to your property and across the shire may be affected. Visit power outages for more information on how to ensure you have prepared an emergency kit.

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