Skip to main content
Heat and fire

How residents can prepare

Get Fire Ready

Your Bushfire Survival Plan

It is important to have a thorough bushfire survival plan in place. The safest option to protect you and your family is to leave early and avoid panic or making the wrong choices.

When creating your plan you should consider the following points, as well as who in the household will do each part.

  • Which Fire Danger Rating is your trigger to leave?
  • Where will you go?
  • What route will you take?
  • What will you take with you?
  • What do you need to organise for your pets or livestock?
  • Who will you tell that you’re leaving?
  • How will you stay informed about warnings and updates?
  • What is your plan B if your car won’t start?

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

Prepare Your Property

  • keep grass and undergrowth trimmed — below 200 mm
  • 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

Grass slashing contractors

This is not a complete list of all contractors operating in Mitchell Shire

You may find other contractors by searching online, the phone directory or local newspapers.

Ray Lingard0412 964 623Any area – has tractor and small mower
Graeme Wilkie0417 039 798Any – has tractor, reach mower etc
Robert Reid0407 509 662Broadford, Pyalong, Tallarook area – up to 5 acres
Henry Marszalek0419 501 484Any area
Brian Christall0418 108 069Any area – up to 2 acres
Paul Brislin0409 299 439Anywhere – any size
Adrian Donis0418 993 927Will do anything anywhere from push mowing to tractor work, Prefer South locations
Garry Callinan5781 1192 or 0430 965 205Any area – Residential and small blocks, fire breaks on larger blocks

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.

More Information

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.

Related Pages

Green Waste Drop-off

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

See our waste and resource recovery page for more info.

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.

Other Resources

This page was last updated on 16 October 2020.

Mitchell 2050 Community Vision: Themes Presentation

We're unveiling the themes for our Mitchell 2050 Community Vision. Register to attend a Presentation Night to find out how your input helped shape these themes, and help choose a new Vision Statement to take us to 2050. Bookings essential.