Bushfire prevention is a year round responsibility and necessity. It is far more than a weekend cleanup just prior to the bushfire season. This area of the website will help you to take actions to minimise the risk to you, your family and your property in the event of a bushfire. It provides you advice on preparing your property, who can give you assistance, and where you can get further information if you live in a bushfire area and information on Council's Burning Policy. Most importantly, it will help you to plan for a bushfire. Making an informed decision well in advance of a bushfire whether you should stay in your house or go is perhaps the most important decision you and your family can make to protect yourselves.
New rules are now in place to better manage native vegetation, seeking to reduce the impact of bushfire. For more information about these changes visit the CFS.
Fire Danger Season
The Fire Danger Season in the Mount Lofty Ranges begins each year on December 1 and lasts until April 30 (subject to CFS changes due to weather conditions).
Sheoak Road Strategic Fire Break
The City of Mitcham has developed a strategic fire break along Sheoak Road with funding assistance from Federal and State Government grants under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.
The strategic fire break - a 3.2 kilometre section of Sheoak Road, east of Pony Ridge Road has been established by selectively thinning vegetation, control burns in areas and extensive brush cutting.
The roadside now appears 'more open' - sight lines for motorists have been improved and grassy fuels have been reduced in height through brush cutting. Council plans to complete additional clearing and weed control works during autumn.
The work has been undertaken in accordance with approvals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and the 'Sheoak Road Vegetation Management Plan, August 2008' approved under the Native Vegetation Act 1991.
If you would like further information, please contact Jacob on 8374 7762.