Plant­ing ideas on be­ing bush­fire-wise

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS - Lynn Gri­er­son

AS fire au­thor­i­ties warn of an “above nor­mal” fire sea­son, award-win­ning bush­fire ad­viser Ro­han Car­boon launches a bush­fire-wise gar­den work­shop se­ries in Midvale.

A new re­port by the Bush­fire and Nat­u­ral Haz­ards Co-op­er­a­tive Re­search Cen­tre fore­casts a haz­ardous sum­mer with record sum­mer rain­fall, high fuel loads and the dri­est au­tumn in five years cre­at­ing the per­fect storm in fire-prone re­gions.

Mr Car­boon said bush­fire-wise gar­dens mit­i­gate fire risk and bal­ance en­vi­ron­men­tal val­ues with bush­fire pro­tec­tion mea­sures.

“We live in a unique environment in the Hills and with some ba­sic knowl­edge of what the risk is at your place, how fires be­have and at­tack homes and threaten peo­ple, we can se­lect bet­ter species and de­sign the gar­den land­scape to re­duce that risk,” he said. “A lilly pilly hedge will de­flect wind, fil­ter em­bers and re­duce ra­di­ant heat reach­ing the house.” He works with local gov­ern­ments and schools on bush­fire risk man­age­ment and evac­u­a­tion plans and has ad­vised Mun­dar­ing Chris­tian Col­lege, He­lena Col­lege and Park­erville Pri­mary.

He re­cently as­sessed the Bush­fire At­tack Level (BAL) rat­ings at the Yar­loop town site for the state and local gov­ern­ments to as­sist in the re­build­ing process.

Mr Car­boon’s work­shops will run in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber at The Green Life Soil Com­pany in Midvale and will look at the ben­e­fi­cial char­ac­ter­is­tics of plants, land­scape de­sign fea­tures, ma­te­rial se­lec­tion and how to man­age fuel loads.

Peo­ple who at­tend a Gar­den­ing in Bush­fire Coun­try work­shop will re­ceive an aerial pho­to­graph of their prop­erty to help with plan­ning. Visit life­

Ro­han Car­boon in a gar­den planted with suc­cu­lents near win­dows to re­duce fire risk.

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