Reducing the threat of bushfire

Work to reduce the identified threat of bushfire near homes in the Shire of Dardanup will begin this week through reduction of fuel loads in selected locations.

A Shire Contractor will commence work in the following locations:

• Pratt Road bushland from the Eaton Bowling Club to the lookout
• Watson Reserve, south of the wetland along the firebreak between Leake Street and Pratt Road.
• Eagle Wetland
• Hale Street reserve wetland next to the childcare facility
• Marri Reserve, off Tulip Way
• Lofthouse Reserve, along Pecan Way
• Wundjitch Reserve, off Snowberry Mews
• Millars Creek, south of the bridge
• Gnomesville, north along the road reserve for about 200m.

The Shire of Dardanup received $209,615 via the State Government’s Bushfire Mitigation Activity Fund (MAF) to complete the works.

Seed funding was provided to the MAF from the Royalties for Regions Program and has been specifically allocated to expand the treatment of bushfire risk associated with State held lands located in and around the regional townsites, to further reduce the risks to life and property in these communities.

Fuel loads in locations being targeted by the Shire of Dardanup will be reduced through a combination of chemical treatments and mechanical means.
Chemical weed treatments are applied directly to fire-risk areas under appropriate weather conditions to avoid drift.