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Council to start roadside slashing program

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Thursday 3 October 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council will soon begin its annual roadside slashing program on sealed rural roads around the shire.

The roadside slashing program aims to reduce the spread of fire during summer and the drier months. Works are expected to start in mid-October and will take about 10 weeks.

“The team targets the driest areas first and will work their way through the program which will finish up in early December,” said Brett Quarrier, Council’s Works Coordinator.

“We’ll be slashing grass along the road shoulder to increase visibility for motorists and importantly reduce the risk of grass fires when cars pull over on the roadside,” said Mr Quarrier.

“The timing is very important with slashing – we need to wait until the grass has dried so it won’t continue to grow,” he said.

The team uses an interactive map to understand locations of weeds and high value vegetation.

“We work closely with Council’s Natural Environment Officer to develop practices to reduce the spread of noxious weeds, such as Chilean Needle Grass. The team will clean out and wash equipment to remove seeds where we know there are infestations,” said Mr Quarrier.

“We also work with the CFA to understand areas of fire risk and take weather conditions into account when planning the days’ work,” he said.

“Our slashing program aims to reduce the risk of fire across the shire and we urge the rest of the community to also get ready for the fire danger period.

“If you live on a rural property start thinking about when you’ll cut fire breaks and make sure you clean up around your home and sheds to reduce the risk of fires spreading. We all play a role in protecting people and property over summer and it’s important that we continue to work together.”

A map showing Council’s roadside slashing program is available via www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/FirePrevention.

Image: Keep an eye out for Council's Works Unit slashing roadsides around the shire.

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