Roadside slashing program underway

Horsham Rural City Council’s Operations Team is progressing with its annual roadside slashing program ahead of summer.

Vigorous growth is being experienced in all parts of the municipality, due to significant October rain.

Chief Executive Officer Sunil Bhalla said staff had been forced to take a cautious approach following wet conditions to ensure they limited surface damage and did not create wheel ruts.

But as the weather warms up, slashing operations will increase.

“Our roadside mowing team will be in the Natimuk and Mitre areas for the next week or so and then we will be heading north, starting with the Pimpinio area,” Mr Bhalla said.

“We would have normally started north of Horsham but a lot of the roads in that area are still holding water in the table drains.

“Also during this time we will have a team tidying up areas on Horsham’s outskirts. Then the team will head off towards the Dadswells Bridge area.

Mr Bhalla said now was also the time to be preparing private property for the season ahead.

“Preparing private properties now is of utmost importance and there are many things you can do now, such as clearing out your gutters, mulching, mixing wet and dry leaves to compost and trying to remove any fuel that can dry out in summer. Coming up to and during fire season, the preferred height for grass is no longer than 10 centimetres,” Mr Bhalla said.

“It’s also the best time to be putting your fire plan together as a family. If that plan is to leave early, please remember that preparing your property is still important, to reduce risk for both yourself and your neighbours.”

Council has started inspections this month and will issue fire prevention notices where appropriate.

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