The City of
Greater Geelong has a clear role in the shared task of bushfire prevention and
To support the
Victorian Government and emergency services, we have extensive measures and
initiatives to help prevent and prepare for fire.
agencies assume control during emergency responses, we take a strategic,
proactive approach to reduce risks and protect our community.
Some of this
annual work includes:
mid-January, we have issued 1505 Fire Prevention Notices on land that is deemed
a fire risk.
If the owner fails to respond, we hire a contractor to carry out
annual property inspection program begins early November.
Starting in the
municipality’s northern areas, our team aims to ensure as much of the grass is
removed before the total curing of grasses.
years, additional resources are used to visually inspect every property in
Outside of the
fire season, we issue permits to burn for rural and peri-urban properties.
residents to burn accumulated branches and tree limbs prior to the fire season,
removing fuel from the environment.
We issued 1723
permits to burn in 2019.
The City is
responsible for maintaining roadsides along council-owned roads.
We work to
reduce the volume of roadside material without negatively impacting on our
native plants and animals that rely on these areas for habitat.
more than 1100 kilometres of roadside begins in late Spring and is finished
We carry out
inspections in January and re-slash as needed.
mowing exotic grasses, removing woody weed in protected native vegetation and
This is done to
maintain clear sight lines for motorists and to reduce the fire risk.