Reducing fire threat at Eaton reserve

A fire in March this year which threatened the nearby communities of Picton and Glen Iris, has prompted the Shire of Dardanup, Main Roads and the City of Bunbury to work collaboratively on mitigating bushfire risks in target areas.

The bush reserve adjacent to Peppermint Way in Eaton was identified as an area that could benefit from bushfire prevention works to improve the safety of surrounding homes.

And homeowners in the area are also being invited to attend an information session to assist with their own bushfire preparedness.

Fuel reduction works will commence at the reserve from Wednesday, October 24 and will involve creating a 10m buffer around the perimeter of the reserve, while being mindful of the impact on local flora and fauna.

A one-hour Bushfire Preparedness session for residents will be held on Thursday, November 1 at 5.30pm on the corner of Peppermint Way and Mahogany Place Eaton.

Officers will be available to talk about developing your own personal bushfire survival plan and provide information on how to prepare your property for the upcoming fire season.

Information brochures will also be available both at this session, on the DFES website www.dfes.wa.gov.au and at the Shire Office.

The Shire of Dardanup recommends all residents in proximity of this reserve attend the information session.

Bushfire prevention and preparedness is a shared responsibility of all areas of society, including all levels of government, business, the non-government sector and the community.

Given the increasing severity and occurrence of natural hazards, all these areas need to work together with a united focus and a shared sense of responsibility to prevent hazards from becoming emergencies.

For more information, contact the Shire’s Rangers on 9724 0307 or via email rangers@dardanup.wa.gov.au.