Melburnians to be given permit to travel for fire prevention work

Melbourne residents who own properties in Wellington Shire can now apply online for a Letter of Support to travel to prepare a second property before the fire season.

Melburnians with a Letter of Support will soon be able to travel to the Wellington region for up to 72 hours to prepare their property for the Fire Danger Season and possible floods.

Once a request is approved, property owners will be emailed the Letter of Support that they can show to pass through Melbourne’s so-called Ring of Steel or to local police in Wellington.

Melbourne visitors to Wellington Shire are also recommended to carry their rates notice.

Melburnians have been encouraged to hire a local contractor to do the necessary work prior to fire hazard inspections as their first option, and only travel to regional Victoria if they have been unable to get the work done by other means, however, it is expected that some landowners will need to carry out the work themselves.

Council has received more than 600 calls from Melbourne residents requesting information about gaining permission to travel to Wellington.

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