Free green waste disposal helps fire preparation

Published on 20 November 2017

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Cut down overgrown plants and cut down your bushfire risk.

Council is offering free domestic green waste disposal to Corangamite residents from this Saturday (25 November) until Sunday 10 December to help community members get ready for fire season.

Council Manager Environment and Emergency Lyall Bond said green waste can be dropped off at the Naroghid Landfill and all Shire transfer stations.

“Things are still quite green but the good growing conditions mean there will be more bushfire fuel and greater risk in the coming weeks,” Mr Bond said.

“The Bushfire Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre’s seasonal outlook has predicted an ‘above normal’ fire season for Victoria this summer and time is running out to clean up your property before the danger period.

“It can take only two weeks of hot, dry weather for green vegetation to become a serious hazard.

“Clean dead leaves out of your gutters and off roofs, and get rid of dry grass, leaves, twigs and bark that can build up in corners or under steps and decks.

“Cut back branches overhanging your home and prune lower ones to create separation from ground vegetation.

“Normally a heaped trailer or ute load of green waste would cost $31.80 to dispose of, so this is a great chance for people to clean-up around their properties for free.”

“One overgrown block can pose a hazard to a whole neighbourhood so protect your home, and your neighbours, and clean up now.”

For more information about fire prevention, go here or call 5593 7100.