Vegetation clean up around Ararat Rifle Range

Posted Friday 1 June, 08:22am

Work to improve fire preparedness along the urban interface of the north-western side of Ararat will commence in the coming weeks.

Caption: Ararat Rural City Council Emergency Management Coordinator David Todd, CFA Vegetation Management Officer Tony Brady and Tom North go over plans for the clean up around the Ararat Rifle Range.

Ararat Rural City Council, Country Fire Authority (CFA), Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) – as members of the Ararat Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee – have identified the Ararat Regional Park and Rifle Range as areas of significant fire risk to the Ararat community.

The creation of fire breaks around the perimeter of the Ararat Rifle Range will take place next month, with a planned burn to be conducted prior to the next Fire Danger Period.

Tom North, from Ararat business Tom’s Mowing and Slashing, has been engaged to undertake initial preparation work of the vegetation.

This preparedness effort is part of the State Government’s Safer Together initiative.

Funding from the initiative has enabled vegetation reduction work to be undertaken in this high-risk area, which will significantly reduce the threat and impact of fire to residents in the Ararat community.

Similar planned burns have been conducted in the Ararat Regional Park and on private land abutting the park over the last few years.