Fire fear sparks call for slash­ing

Shepparton News - Country News - - EUROA SHOW 2018 -

State Mem­ber for Euroa and Na­tion­als deputy leader Steph Ryan has called on the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment to slash the re­gion’s road­sides as au­thor­i­ties warn of a dan­ger­ous fire sea­son.

Speak­ing in par­lia­ment, Ms Ryan urged the gov­ern­ment to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion to ad­dress in­creased road­side veg­e­ta­tion ahead of the com­ing fire sea­son.

‘‘Res­i­dents across the Euroa elec­torate have raised their con­cerns with me about the fire risks of long grass on road­sides, par­tic­u­larly given that con­di­tions are al­ready hot and dry,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘With dry con­di­tions and a bad fire sea­son ex­pected, it is crit­i­cal that VicRoads stays on top of slash­ing and man­age­ment of road­side veg­e­ta­tion to mit­i­gate fire risk.

‘‘The CFA es­ti­mates that slash­ing de­creases any po­ten­tial flame height by half, mak­ing road­side fires eas­ier to put out.’’

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