Toxic-free way to cut fire risk
While I agree with the Wallcliffe Volunteer Bushfire Brigade that all residents should be vigilant with the bushfire season approaching, I believe this is only half the story.
Many Shire reserves and immediate roadsides are in very poor condition with long grass and dead shrubs.
In the coastal suburbs, the Shire’s solution to control winter growth is bulk herbicide application. This may reduce the fire hazard, but it leaves a mess of dead grass that will still burn. Many residents are unhappy about potential toxic effects, but these concerns receive little consideration.
From a purely aesthetic point of view (we are supposed to be a top tourist destination), slashing would be a much-preferred option.
This would also eliminate the potential toxic effects of chemical spraying.
We are very fortunate to have dedicated and professional volunteer bushfire brigades, but could Shire reserves also be part of a discussion on fuel loads?