Toxic-free way to cut fire risk

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Adrian Wil­son, pres­i­dent, Mar­garet River Coastal Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion

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?

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