Roadside slashing to begin

Published on 22 November 2019

Side of the road showing bushes, lawn and road.

Surf Coast Shire Council will begin its annual Fire Prevention Roadside Slashing Program next week.

Starting from 25 November, the program is expected to be completed before Christmas subject to weather conditions. The works will commence in the northern part of the shire in the hinterland, and work down towards the coast.

“We know that community members want to see the roads they frequent slashed down, but it’s important to be patient as the program is carried out in stages,” Cr Tony Revell said.

Cr Revell said the program – which covers Council-managed roads – supported fire prevention during the 2019-20 Fire Danger Period.

“As a CFA volunteer firefighter, we know that the flame height of a fire in slashed grass is halved and the rate of spread of the fire is slowed. This makes the fire easier to put out,” Cr Revell said.

“The slashing will also assist road users by improving site distance at intersections.”

People with questions about the Fire Prevention Roadside Slashing Program can visit our Lodge a Request page or phone 5261 0600.

Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) also carries out a roadside mowing program for its road network. People can find out more about RRV works underway or planned in their local area by visiting www.regionalroads.vic.gov.au/map.