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Roadside slashing program underway

Council undertaking its roadside slashing program.

Mount Alexander Shire Council has started its annual roadside slashing program, which is expected to continue until late December.

Monday 2 November 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council has started its annual roadside slashing program, which is expected to continue until late December.

Council slashes vegetation along the road shoulder of the majority of Council-managed sealed roads and rural intersections in the lead up to the Fire Danger Period each year.

“One of the most important reasons for slashing vegetation along roadsides is that it reduces the risk of grass fires when cars pull over onto the side of the road,” said Brett Quarrier, Works Coordinator, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Along with reducing the spread of fire it also improves safety for road users by creating clearer lines of sight,” said Mr Quarrier.

The amount of soil moisture and vegetation growth this season means the slashing program will be a little different to previous years.

“It’s a vastly different season compared with this time last year. Some areas may be too wet to slash until late November or early December. We may even need to go back and slash areas again later this year,” said Mr Quarrier.

Council began the roadside slashing program at Baringhup in mid-October. Over the next two months the team will progress through Maldon, Newstead, Guildford, Harcourt, Sutton Grange, Metcalfe and Taradale.

Procedures are in place to identify areas of high value vegetation and to reduce the spread of noxious weeds.

“The team regularly cleans out and washes equipment to remove seeds in areas of known weed outbreaks. This may be up to six times a day in certain areas,” said Mr Quarrier.

“This has shown to be a very effective way of reducing the spread of weeds,” he said.

Council works with the CFA to understand areas of fire risk and the team takes weather conditions into account when planning the days’ work.

“Please take care if you see the teams out and about as they are operating heavy equipment. We encourage you to drive carefully as you overtake, and of course give them a wave when you see them,” said Mr Quarrier.

Image: Council's team undertaking its road slashing program.



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