Bass Coast,
23
December
2014
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04:56
Australia/Melbourne

We’re Fire Ready – Are You?

Bass Coast Shire Council is working to ensure that coastal and bushland reserves are ready for the coming fire season.

Council works crew and local contractors have been slashing and removing dead wood to reduce fuel loads, especially in areas close to houses and other infrastructure.

Other works include clearing fuel breaks and fire fighting access tracks, maintaining fire plugs and improving community awareness.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said each year Council work with the CFA to develop Fire Prevention Plan’s for each of the coastal and bushland reserves within the Shire.

“These plans outline what works need to be done to reduce the impact of a fire with in the reserve,” Cr Brown said.

“While Council is working hard to ensure our reserves are safe, local property owners also need to prepare for the fire season.”

Council encourages residents to ensure their property is fire ready.

This may include;

  • Keeping your grass cut to under 10cm

  • Remove dry grass, twigs and leaves

  • Keep wood piles away from the house

  • Clear your gutters and roof areas of any leaves and rubbish

The Country Fire Authority’s website www.cfa.vic.gov.au is a good resource, as is the Victorian Bushfire Information Line 1800 240 667.

This telephone service is also available for the hearing impaired via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.

Council works are in line with the Fire Prevention Plans which are available on Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au.

If you would like more information on Council’s fire prevention activites in readiness for the fire season, please contact Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.