Best paws for­ward on #SnapPerth Day

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page -

THE City of Joon­dalup is work­ing with gov­ern­ment agen­cies to re­duce fire fuel loads in bushland near homes in Tern Ridge, Joon­dalup.

It fol­lows a re­port from the De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices ear­lier this year that iden­ti­fied the area in Yel­lagonga Re­gional Park as at high risk of bush­fire.

A De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions con­trac­tor will to­day start re­mov­ing aca­cia, shrubs and weeds up to 6m from the bound­ary bol­lards along Tern Bridge.

The City said or­na­men­tally planted bot­tle­brushes also would be cleared, but grass trees, za­mia palms and trees would re­main.

The re­moval of the veg­e­ta­tion, ex­pected to take two days, would pro­vide more safety for fire­fight­ers and res­i­dents.

The City had al­ready cleared the road verge of veg­e­ta­tion, ex­cept trees, run­ning par­al­lel to Yel­lagonga Re­gional Park from Tern Ridge to Lake­side Drive, and City rangers would con­tinue to as­sess res­i­den­tial street verges.

The City is ask­ing prop­erty own­ers to en­sure verges are clear to a min­i­mum of 1.5m back from the kerb and that veg­e­ta­tion (leaves, twigs), rub­bish and other flammable ma­te­rial is cleared reg­u­larly to cre­ate a pro­tec­tion zone. Other ad­vice in­cludes:

check roofs, gut­ters and build­ings are free of leaves and de­bris;

trim branches on pri­vate land that over­hang house or pow­er­lines;

cut long grass no higher than 50mm;

en­sure safe stor­age of flammable prod­ucts.

READ­ERS shared snaps of pets en­joy­ing walks in the north­ern sub­urbs on #SnapPerth day last week. He­len Jex posted a photo on her In­sta­gram ac­count @bark­in­mad­about­dogs of heeler cross Tyson (14), deaf choco­late labrador Ellie (5) and groo­dle Boomer (seven months) “out for walkies at Whit­fords dog beach”. Matt Daly posted a pic­ture of ger­man shep­herd cross Duke, a res­cue dog from Celebrity Pet Res­cue in Malaga, on theJoon­dalup-Wan­neroo Times Face­book page. “He has re­cov­ered re­ally well from be­ing aban­doned to be­ing the happy boy he is in this photo, which was taken at Edge­wa­ter Quarry,” he said.

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