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THE GRASS IS NOT ALWAYS
GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE
As you drive around the Shire you will notice that some of the
roadsides are being grazed by livestock. However, did you know
that landholders require a permit to do this?
You may wonder why landholders can't just fence off a section
of roadside and let their animals graze especially since there is
little grass on their side of the fence.
Under Council's Local Laws a permit is required to ensure that
the safety of road users and the animals is considered and that
native vegetation on high conser vation value roadsides is
Several year s ago roads in the Shire were sur veyed to see what
native vegetation was present and a roadside management
strategy was developed to help protect the native vegetation.
Grazing at the wrong time of year may damage plants, spread
weeds and damage soil str ucture. Many native plants have
developed to grow with minimal nutrients and large amounts of
manure are detrimental.
With the native grass and weeds it is often better that these
roads are burnt ever y few year s by CFA brigades as par t of their
fire prevention works.
For more information please contact the Council's Compliance
Depar tment on (03) 5366 7100.
It may be cold and wet at the moment - yet the summer fire
season is only just around the corner! To ensure the tragic
events of the 2008/09 fire season don't happen in our neck of
the woods all residents are being encouraged to under take
necessar y works around their proper ties now.
In preparation for the next fire season, Council's Compliance
Officer s and the CFA are working together to educate
communities in high-risk fire areas of precautions they need to
take to ensure their proper ties are as safe as possible from fire.
Fire prevention tips:
• Ensure fire provisions on your proper ty comply with
planning permit conditions that were set out when your
proper ty was established. Council's Compliance Officers
will be inspecting proper ties to make sure these conditions
• Keep your driveway access clear for fire tankers.
• Remove all loose leaves and branches that may have built
up around your proper ty.
• Store firewood, chemicals, gas tanks, etc in an area which is
well clear of your house.
• Make sure provisions are made so that fire tankers can
connect to water tanks.
• Install sprinkler systems on roofs and make sure they work
• Fire pumps on dams should not be electric operated as, in
an instance of fire, power is turned off.
• Contact your insurance company to enure that in the event
of fencing being destroyed by fire, your insurance cover s
For more information about fire prevention, please call Council's
Compliance Unit on 5366 7100 or your local CFA.
PEDESTRIAN & SCHOOL CROSSING
To improve safety around schools, various parking regulations are
enforced. When motorists obey these regulations they are
creating a safer environment. The following regulations are
commonly found around schools:
-- means no stopping at all. Stopping on a
length of road to which a 'No Stopping' sign applies is an
offence, unless you are outside the times specified on
-- You can stop in a No Parking area for up to
two minutes provided you are setting down or picking up a
passenger or loading or unloading goods, and you do not
leave the vehicle unattended ('unattended' means you are
more than three metres away from the vehicle)
-- Stopping or parking your vehicle too
close to a children's crossing may mean that a child entering
the crossing can't see or be seen by an approaching car.
When a children's crossing is in operation (i.e. when flags
are displayed), you must not stop or park within 20 metres
of the crossing on the approaching side and 10 metres of
the crossing on the depar ture side. This means that even
stopping momentarily to let a child out or to pick up a child
is an offence.
Parents are the most impor tant road safety adviser that their
child will ever have. If they demonstrate safe practises when
crossing a road, then generally so will their children. Use
Pedestrian Crossings or cross with a Crossing Super visor, as
these are safer ways to cross a road.
For fur ther information please contact the Compliance
Depar tment on 5366 7100.
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