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Cut back grass to slash fire hazard

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November 25, 2016

Greater Shepparton City Council is reminding land owners it is time to cut it back before it becomes a fire hazard.

With recent wet weather leading to healthy grass growth across the district, Greater Shepparton City Council is reminding land owners it is time to cut it back before it becomes a fire hazard.

Council manager Laurienne Winbanks said grass growth had been quite high across the region due to the recent heavy rains.

‘‘We are concerned that everyone is aware of their responsibilities to maintain their properties, particularly those in rural areas where grass fires can quickly take hold,’’ Ms Winbanks said.

Community rangers have issued notices to comply over recent weeks, but the compliance time has been extended due to continuing rains.

‘‘Now the weather is warming up and the grass is curing, notices to comply are being issued with a maximum of 14 days to comply,’’ Ms Winbanks said.

‘‘Keeping vegetation at an acceptable level will assist in reducing the risk to other home owners and residents.’’

She said it was up to land holders to be responsible for their own properties.

Inspections had begun under the Country Fire Authority Act for rural properties along the urban/rural fringe, she said.

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