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Residents in the Whitsundays are encouraged to be proactive and prepare their properties in the lead up to bushfire season.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that recent advice issued from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) has highlighted the Whitsundays as a priority area ahead of bushfire season as we continue recover from Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
“While an extensive amount of work has been undertaken to clean-up our region since Tropical Cyclone Debbie, residents must continue to reduce the amount of flammable material in their yards and keep their grass cut and vegetation clear of their properties,” Mayor Willcox said.
“This advice applies to both rural landholders and residents who live in town; the more we can all accomplish now the less risk there will be during the bushfire season,” he said.
“Council’s Emergency Action Guide distributed earlier in the year encourages each household to include a Bushfire Survival Plan as part of their emergency planning so refer to your copy of the Guide for advice.”
Bushfire season typically extends from June to November each year.
Residents and landholders are reminded that permits are required to burn and reduce fuel loads on their properties. Permits are free and can be obtained from your local Fire Warden. Visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au