WARRANDYTE RESIDENTS are being urged to start their fire preparation early and identify hazards on their properties to minimise fire risk this season.
Victoria has experienced a dry winter and it is likely to remain dry and warm for the next three months, this means we could see a very early fire season.
Council encourages residents to prepare for the upcoming fire season, using spring as a great time to start preparations.
“It is vital that all residents living within bushfire prone areas have an emergency plan in place — residents can find more information about developing their plan on Council’s website,” said Manningham Mayor, Cr Michelle Kleinert.
Captain of Warrandyte CFA Adrian Mullens said because Warrandyte has not experienced a bad bushfire for several years many residents are getting complacent.
“Warrandyte and North Warrandyte are up there in terms of fire risk, we have just been lucky on I don’t know how many occasions… if the 2014 fire in Flannary Court had got over Tindalls road, Warrandyte would be gone,” he told the Diary.
Both Manningham and Nillumbik councils are providing vouchers to allow residents to dispose of green waste in the lead up to summer.
Nillumbik Shire Mayor Cr Peter Clarke said Council is preparing for the fire season with bushfire mitigation plans underway, this includes roadside clearing and mowing, tree management and native vegetation clearing.
“Residents can help reduce the impact of fire and storm damage by conducting regular maintenance of their property, including clearing long grass, timber and wood stores, gutters and drains,” Cr Clarke said.
“We have also introduced green waste vouchers, giving residents the flexibility to recycle garden materials and vegetation at the Recycling and Recovery Centre in Plenty at a convenient time throughout the year.”
The new Nillumbik green waste vouchers are for one cubic metre of domestic green waste like prunings, garden clippings, leaves or grass or one level 6 x 4m sized trailer load or less — loads larger than this will require two vouchers.
Cr Kleinert says garden waste vouchers are now available for Manningham residents, free of charge and can be used from September through to the end of November.
“Clearing and removing excess vegetation from properties is an important part of reducing bushfire risk, she said.
Vouchers for four standard trailer loads can be redeemed on Sundays between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm at Manningham’s Garden Waste Recycle Centre on the corner of Blackburn and Websters Road, Templestowe.
For branches and prunings, Manningham residents also have the option of exchanging one hard rubbish collection for a bundled green waste collection.
The State government are urging residents to check their insurance policies to ensure they are sufficiently covered for emergencies such as bushfire and storm.
Be Ready Warrandyte will be holding a seminar on October 26 to discuss fire-safe building materials following a report from the Great Ocean Road fire in 2015 as well as insurance and the CFA’s Leave Early message — more information in the October Diary.
Visit insureit.vic.gov.au for information about the ‘Insure It.It’s worth It’ campaign.
Visit the CFA website for more ideas and information to help prepare and protect yourself and your property this bushfire season.
Council green waste visit manningham.vic.gov.au or nillumbik.vic.gov.au/greenwastevouchers