COUNCILTO SEND OUT ‘COURTESY’ LETTERS TO REMIND RESIDENTS TO TIDY UP FOR SUMMER
With the fire season fast approaching the City of Greater Bendigo isasking residents to start cleaning up around their property.
City of Greater Bendigo Fire Prevention Officer Eric Smith said over thenext week Council will send out 4,500 courtesy letters to remind residents tobegin preparing their properties for the fire season.
“Residents who have received a letterin the past as well as properties that have been reported to Council byconcerned members of the community will receive a letter. The letters are purely a reminder to clean upthe property and are not meant to cause any offence especially if the propertyhas since been cleaned up.
“Whilemost people adopt a responsible attitude to ensuring their property is clear,others need a reminder and we hope the courtesy letters will provide this.
“The City of Greater Bendigo would alsolike to thank residents who have identifiedhazards and reported them to us, however it’s important to note that actionwill not commence until mid to late October.
“The approaching fire season is onceagain expected to be a challenging one for both landholders and the City ofGreater Bendigo with recent rains expected to cause excessive grass growthacross the municipality,” said Mr Smith.
Indicators from both the CFA and DSEshow that this year there is most likely to be a greater risk of fast movinggrass fires. This is something that hasalready been confirmed with the report of up to 200 grass fires in Queenslandin recent weeks and with 30 fires attended across Victoria on the one day lastweek.
“To help residents prepare for the fire season theCity of Greater Bendigo will provide residents with an opportunity to disposeof their green waste free of charge at the Eaglehawk and Heathcote Landfills onthe weekends of November 5 & 6 and November 19& 20.
“The two, free green waste disposalweekends will assist residents to prepare for the summer fire danger period,and by taking advantage of the free disposal, residents will save $20 per ute or small trailer load atthe landfill,” Mr Smith said.
He said the City of Greater Bendigo hasalso commenced its annual grass slashing program on land managed by Council.