Take action before fire season
The Fire Danger Period officially begins for Mitchell Shire residents on Monday, with residents being reminded to stay vigilant during summer months and to always be fire-ready.
Council is no longer issuing permits to burn and will continue to move forward with fire safety, including fire prevention notices, roadside slashing and the annual free green waste drop-off program.
Town properties are required to keep grass under 20 cm, while rural properties should be proactive and maintain an adequate fire break.
‘‘Council is doing our bit, but Mitchell Shire residents also need to stay vigilant and take action to prepare for the upcoming fire season and remember we live in a high-risk
❝Council is doing our bit, but Mitchell Shire residents also need to stay vigilant and take action to prepare for the upcoming fire season and remember we live in a high-risk area.❞
area,’’ Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said.
‘‘Landholders and tenants are expected to do their bit for the community and keep their properties fire-ready.’’
Council has begun to inspect properties and issue Fire Prevention Notices.
So far 163 notices have been issued through Pyalong and Tooborac, while inspections are under way in other towns across the shire.
Property owners can face an infringement notice in excess of $1600, plus the costs of completing the works at the property.
Residents are also reminded to take advantage of free green waste disposal at Resource Recovery Centres in Broadford, Pyalong, Seymour and Wallan on select days in November.
Leaves, twigs, garden weeds, grass clippings and tree branches under 30 cm in diameter can be dropped off for free during opening hours.
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