Is Your Property Prepared for this Bush Fire Season?

Published on 14 September 2020

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Image: Wombat reducing the fuel load on a property.

With the commencement of bush fire season on September 1, now is the time to get your property prepared for bush fire. Garden waste disposal vouchers issued to Shoalhaven City Council ratepayers can help you to reduce the fuel load of your property, to help ensure you’re prepared this bush fire season.

Mayor Amanda Findley encouraged residents to take steps now to prepare for the event of a bush fire. “By reducing the fuel load around your property, you can help protect your home in the event of a bush fire.

“Part of your preparation should include what you can do around the garden, such as keeping lawns and gardens well maintained; cleaning up fallen leaves, twigs and debris around property; cutting back trees and shrubs overhanging buildings and cleaning your gutters of leaves and twigs.

“Take the RFS Get Ready weekend opportunity on September 19-20 to reduce the fuel load at your property and lessen the ignition risk and vulnerability of your property from a bush fire or ember attack.

“Numerous Rural Fire Service Brigades throughout the Shoalhaven are taking part in the Get Ready Weekend, and you can find information about how to prepare for this bushfire season on the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

“All ratepayers received three free garden waste disposal vouchers for 2020-21, in addition to the 2 free household waste vouchers. I strongly encourage you to use these garden waste vouchers to clean up your property and if you have any 2019-20 household waste disposal vouchers, don’t forget to use them before their extended expiry date of 30 September 2020,” Mayor Findley said.

Garden waste vouchers can be redeemed at all Council Recycling and Waste Depots and Council’s Green and Bulky Collection Service. To find out what is accepted as garden waste see Council’s Garden Waste Collection page.

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