Coun­cil’s plan to make shire safe

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

CAM­PASPE Shire has en­dorsed three plans to pre­pare, help and re­cover when flood, fire and heat­waves af­fect the re­gion.

Mayor Adrian We­ston said flood, fire and heat­waves had all been iden­ti­fied as high to ex­treme risks in the re­gion and as such, sep­a­rate plans were needed to sup­port the Mu­nic­i­pal Emer­gency Man­age­ment Plan.

“The Mu­nic­i­pal Fire Man­age­ment Plan was re­viewed in June and is de­signed to de­velop safer com­mu­ni­ties, health­ier en­vi­ron­ments and min­imise risk to life and prop­erty,” Cr We­ston said.

“The changes bring the plan up to date and in­clude risk and fire in­ten­sity map­ping, fire history and planned burn maps in the Rush­worth area.

“The Flood Emer­gency Plan for the Cam­paspe Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict was re­viewed in March and in­cludes up­dated map­ping in Rochester, agency con­tact de­tails and in­for­ma­tion about Flood­Zoom – a DELWP wa­ter in­tel­li­gence plat­form.

“The newly de­vel­oped Northern Vic­to­rian Emer­gency Man­age­ment Clus­ter – Mu­nic­i­pal Heat­wave Plan recog­nises the role lo­cal govern­ment has work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties around is­sues as­so­ci­ated with heat­wave weather events.’’

In a heat­wave in 2009, 374 deaths oc­curred in Vic­to­ria along with 173 deaths aris­ing from the Black Satur­day bush­fires the fol­low­ing week.

“It is clear that cli­mate change is af­fect­ing our weather and it is in­creas­ingly im­por­tant that our re­gion is as pre­pared as pos­si­ble to han­dle ex­treme weather pe­ri­ods,” Cr We­ston said.

“Coun­cil part­ners with lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to sup­port vul­ner­a­ble groups in the com­mu­nity and aims to in­flu­ence long-term be­hav­iours to min­imise risk dur­ing th­ese chal­leng­ing and dan­ger­ous times.

“Whilst en­dors­ing the plans will not stop weather events oc­cur­ring, they will help pre­pare for events and re­duce the im­pact on the com­mu­nity.”

The plans are avail­able on coun­cil’s web­site. CAM­PASPE Shire’s Ru­ral Tree Scheme is back.

And it is time for ru­ral landown­ers to pur­chase seedlings at a sub­sidised rate through the scheme.

Mayor Adrian We­ston said the scheme is an in­cen­tive for ru­ral landown­ers to im­prove their prop­erty land­scape by pur­chas­ing na­tive plant species at a re­duced cost.

“The scheme is a proven suc­cess with the take-up over the last six years ex­ceed­ing 60,000 plants,” he said.

The plant­ing of trees, shrubs and ground cover species pro­vides mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits to both the landowner and the broader com­mu­nity and catch­ment.

Indige­nous species are par­tic­u­larly suited for the cli­mate and soil in this area.

“Plant­ing trees, shrubs and ground cover not only vis­ually im­proves the land­scape but pro­vides habi­tat for wildlife and cre­ates pri­vacy and wind breaks,” Cr We­ston said.

The species avail­able through the pro­gram are low-main­te­nance plants, with a re­cent par­tic­i­pant sur­vey re­veal­ing a survival rate of 75 per cent after three years of plant­ing.

All ru­ral zoned ratepay­ers are el­i­gi­ble to pur­chase a lim­ited num­ber of plants at a sub­sidised rate.

Prop­erty size de­ter­mines the max­i­mum num­ber of plants avail­able to landown­ers.

Once or­dered, plants are avail­able for col­lec­tion in au­tumn 2019.

A long lead time is re­quired to en­able nurs­eries to prop­a­gate the re­quired species as well as al­low­ing landown­ers time to pre­pare the plant­ing site to en­sure high survival rates.

“Coun­cil and your lo­cal Land­care Group can pro­vide landown­ers with in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice on species se­lec­tion and site prepa­ra­tion,” Cr We­ston said.

The of­fer is cur­rently avail­able un­til Novem­ber 1 or when the al­lo­cated funds have been spent.

Or­der forms are avail­able from all cus­tomer ser­vice cen­tres, the Cam­paspe Shire web­site or can be mailed out on re­quest.

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