SUMMER has drawn to a close, but that doesn’t mean that Heathcote and surrounding areas aren’t still facing high risk fire periods.
Mitchell Shire Council has continued its fire prevention strategies by carrying out a second round of roadside slashing.
The first round was completed between November 2017 and January 2018, but due to increased grass growth a second round has taken place over the past month.
Mitchell Shire mayor Rhonda Sanderson said Council had so far invested approximately $250,000 on this year’s roadside slashing program.
“We live in a high-risk fire area and although summer has officially finished, that doesn’t mean we can be complacent when it comes to fire prevention,” Cr Sanderson said.
“Reducing fuel loads near our roads is a vital way to help prevent fires starting or spreading, especially from cars which are pulled over on the side of the road.
“We will continue to monitor our roadsides over the coming months and will slash more roadsides if required.”