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MEDIA RELEASE - Fire Action Week Reminds Residents of Fire Prevention Notices

17 October 2017

Fire Action Week is Victoria’s annual fire planning and preparation awareness week, running from 13-20 October with forecasts showing there is potential for an above average fire season through western Victoria in the coming months.

With the theme of the week being ‘‘Now is the right time to prepare’, residents are being urged to begin tidying up their yards and vacant blocks in preparation for the upcoming fire season.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said now is a good time for residents to increase their understanding of the fire risk in their area.

“It is important to prepare your property for the upcoming fire season, and talk to your family about what you will do to ensure you are safe from fire,” Cr Rank said.

“Now is the ideal time to start looking at yards and vacant blocks to remove any excess long grass, weeds or rubbish lying around.”

Council’s local laws staff will soon start their annual review of potential fire hazards across the municipality and remind property owners to keep their homes, yards and vacant blocks in tidy condition to ensure that our communities are fire ready by summer.

If a fire hazard has been detected on individual properties, a Fire Prevention Notice will be issued by Council to the property owner or occupier to rectify the situation by reducing the fire risk associated with their property.

Cr Rank said Council urges all owners to take the steps necessary to ensure their properties are adequately maintained.

“The commencement of the Fire Danger Period subject to seasonal conditions can start as early as the end of October. Once we enter that period, Fire Permits will only be issued in exceptional circumstances and only after approval by the CFA,” Cr Rank said.

Council works with the CFA and other local agencies to educate the community on how best to prevent, prepare for and respond to fires; this includes fire management planning, inspecting properties for fire hazards and issuing permits to burn.

While inspections will begin soon, people with concerns about the fire risk of a property in their neighbourhood can contact Council directly on 1300GLENELG.

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