IT’S time to start preparing for the upcoming fire season.
Fire Action Week was last week, an initiative which aims to remind people to conduct fuel reduction measures.
Frankston Council CEO Phil Cantillon said residents should share their fire season plans with neighbours to keep each other safe.
“Talk to your family members and neighbours about the risks in your area, as well as what you will do and where you will go in the event of a fire or high risk day,” he said. “October is the best time to prepare. Don’t leave it too late to put fire safety measures in place.
“As of midnight 21 October 2020, COVID-19 restrictions allow residents of metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria with written permission from council to travel to Frankston City to prepare properties for fire and flood.
“To receive a permit, property owners are required to complete an application form so officers can deem whether it is necessary for them to travel to Frankston City to undertake these works. Considerations will include whether the property is located in a high bushfire or flood risk area. If fire season preparation is required, Council will issue a permit, accompanied by letters from the Victorian Chief Health Officer and Police Commissioner, allowing the applicant to travel beyond 25 kilometres from their primary place of residence and outlining the COVID-19 restrictions they must adhere to.”
Fill in an application form at frankston.vic.gov.au/Our_Community/Community_Safety/Fire_Safety
For up-to-date fire information call the VicEmergency hotline on 1300 226 226, visit the VicEmergency website, or download the app.