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City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2009
Above: Mt Clear has been identified as a high risk bushfire area. Image courtesy
of The Courier.
Above: Families should have written bushfire sur vival plans. Image courtesty of
CFA Public Affairs.
Council officers will again be carrying out property inspections and fire
prevention notices will be issued to landholders if properties are considered
hazardous. These notices are issued in accordance with the Country Fire
Authority Act 1958.
If a landowner fails to comply with a fire prevention notice Council is
required to carry out the works specified in the notice and all associated
costs will be charged to the property owner.
Owners of vacant land and rental properties should check them for potential
Grass, weeds or undergrowth should be cleared or cut to a height not
exceeding 10cm and this needs to be maintained throughout the fire
Owners of property containing bushland may also remove any fine fuels that
are lying on the ground including leaf litter and small branches up to 6mm
For further information contact Council's Fire Prevention Officer Bill Cook on
WHAT IS COUNCIL DOING ABOUT ROADSIDE AND
The next few months will be a busy time for Council's Fire Prevention and
Open Space Maintenance teams. They will be making sure the
municipality's roadsides and reserves don't pose a fire risk this summer.
Fuel loads will be reduced on more than 800 kilometres of roadsides.
Public open space will also have work undertaken to reduce fuel loads.
Council has been working with the CFA and Department of Sustainability
and Environment to identify priority areas and determine the best way to
reduce fuel loads.
In most instances this is done by slashing, but inaccessibility and
environmental issues may mean fuel reduction burns and selective removal
will occur in some parts of the municipality.
Last year's fire prevention works began in November. As soon as the grass in
the municipality begins to cure the fuel reduction work will begin. Council
has appointed contractors to help with slashing.
TOWNSHIP PROTECTION PLANS
The Ballarat suburbs of Mt Helen and Mt Clear have been identified by the
CFA as areas of high bushfire risk. Township Protection Plans (TTP) are being
developed for both of these locations. The TPPs are due to be completed by
the end of October and information will then be distributed to all residents
and businesses in Mt Helen and Mt Clear.
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