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Strong preparedness for fire this summer

CFA tanker and ride on lawnmower preparing a fire break.

Shire residents have done a good job of preparing properties for summer, with Council sending half the number of fire prevention notices to landowners.

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council has congratulated residents and property owners for their hard work to be prepared for summer, with Council sending out half the number of fire prevention notices compared with last year.

“We have only sent out 60 fire prevention notices this year, which shows the community is taking fire prevention preparation and planning seriously,” said Glenn Brown, Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer.

The notices instruct landowners on what they need to do to reduce the risk of fire on their property. Council staff undertake the inspections in partnership with members of local Country Fire Authority brigades.

“There’s usually a couple of standout communities who have prepared well for the fire season, but this year we saw people right across the shire doing an amazing job of getting their properties ready for summer,” said Mr Brown.

“We’ve seen fire breaks cut along rural properties and lots of work done to reduce the risk of fire and prevent a fire from spreading,” he said.

Along with preparing your property Council is urging people to have an emergency plan ready in the event of a bushfire.

“If you haven’t already got a plan please prepare one, or come along to a community information session where we’ll be on hand to have a chat and make suggestions about what you can include in your emergency plan,” said Mr Brown.

“It’s important that everyone knows what they’ll do in the event of an emergency and you include yourselves, your pets and property into that plan.

“We know that people with pets are at more risk during fires as they will often stay behind rather than evacuate. This puts themselves and their pets at risk so we’ll be talking about including your pets in your emergency plan at the information session.

“There will also be fire and emergency management experts, bushfire survivors and representatives from Agriculture Victoria and animal welfare agencies on hand to speak with and hear from,” he said.

Information session details

What: Preparing people, pets and property for bushfire
When: 11.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday 14 December (presentations from bushfire survivors and other guest speakers begin at 11.30am at Ray Bradfield Room)
Where: Grassed area on Mostyn Street between the Market Building and supermarket near Victory Park.

Image: Baringhup CFA tanker and lawnmower.

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