With the fire danger period beginning on Monday 7 December, Mitchell Shire Council is stepping up its fire safety programs and is calling on the community to do the same.
Council has completed the roadside spraying program, begun property inspections in high risk areas, is issuing fire prevention notices and has started roadside slashing on priority local roads. Regional Roads Victoria has almost completed their slashing program on main roads and highways.
A new Safer Together program in Reedy Creek, Wandong/Heathcote Junction and Tooborac is also underway. The program supports prevention, preparation, response and recovery from fires and other emergencies. Council is delivering the program in three communities this year as a pilot thanks to funding from the Victorian Government’s Strengthening Community Partnerships for Bushfire Management with Local Government funding stream.
As part of the program, Mitchell Shire Council is hosting free Emergency RediPlan sessions on 1 and 8 December to help people prepare a household emergency plan. The online sessions are free, but bookings are essential.