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Council’s plan to reduce the risk of roadside bushfires

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Council has been investigating the bushfire risk on roadsides in five townships in the shire, including Chewton, Fryerstown, Elphinstone, Taradale and Barkers Creek.

20 June 2022

Mount Alexander Shire Council has been investigating the bushfire risk on roadsides in five townships in the shire, including Chewton, Fryerstown, Elphinstone, Taradale and Barkers Creek.

The investigation sites are all located within close proximity (within 5 to 20kms) of Castlemaine, considered high-fire risk areas, and characterised by large areas of grass and farmland, with some remnant vegetation located on private property.

The aim of the project is to assess the bushfire risks to people, property and the environment from bushfires along the road network and to provide preventative actions to mitigate the potential bushfire risks.

From these investigations, Council has developed the Roadside Fuel and Bushfire Risk Report, which provides a detailed assessment of the bushfire risk across multiple roadsides in the shire.

The analysis in the report will help guide Council in the management of roadsides in the shire.

Information outlined in the report, along with community feedback, will inform the development of a draft Strategic Roadside Management Plan.

Have your say

Council is encouraging the community to come along to an information session to view the report, and find out more about the work we are doing in this area.

The information sessions are also an opportunity to have your questions about roadsides, fire and vegetation answered by the experts.

• Saturday 25 June – 10.00am to 2.00pm, Chewton Fire Station, 1 Mount Street, Chewton
• Saturday 9 July – 10.00am to 2.00pm, Taradale Fire Station, 101 High Street, Taradale

For more information, visit mountalexander.vic.gov.au/News or call Glenn Brown on 5471 1700.

This project has been made possible through funding from the Victorian Government’s Safer Together Program.


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