Emergency Services Wellington Shire Gippsland South

Roadside vegetation a worry for brigades

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has met with local fire brigades to discuss concerns about a buildup of roadside vegetation.

Mr O’Brien met recently with the Stradbroke Group of fire brigades which had contacted him concerned that VicRoads and local shires aren’t doing enough to control roadside vegetation.

“The brigade told and showed me their areas of concern, namely that vegetation is growing unchecked on some roadsides creating a fire risk and secondly, that some trees are growing too close to the road and are in danger of falling and blocking roads and causing accidents,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I understand that these volunteers want to minimise fire risk and don’t want to experience the trauma of an accident caused by a fallen tree.”

Mr O’Brien toured the areas around Stradbroke, Giffard, Giffard West and Darriman to see first-hand the problem the brigade is concerned about.

“I understand that in the past that the brigade would conduct its own fuel reduction burns on roadsides,” Mr O’Brien said.

“They are now concerned that the requirement for permits to be obtained from the shire or VicRoads discourages them doing that, and equally it is a burden on volunteers to be undertaking this work.

“I know that resources are tight, but I will be taking up this matter with VicRoads and Wellington Shire on behalf of the brigade members in the hope that we can improve the management of vegetation on roadsides.”

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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South recently toured Stradbroke, Giffard and Darriman with John Mowat, from the Stradbroke Fire Brigade, to discuss the brigade’s concerns with the amount of roadside vegetation build up in the area.

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