Roadside vegetation a concern for many
15 October 2018
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has called on the Andrews’ Government to slash the region’s roadsides as authorities warn of a dangerous fire season.
Speaking in Parliament, Ms Ryan urged the government to take immediate action to address increased roadside vegetation, ahead of the coming fire season.
“Residents across the Euroa electorate have raised their concerns with me about the fire risks of long grass on roadsides, particularly given that conditions are already hot and dry,” Ms Ryan said.
“With dry conditions and a bad fire season expected, it is critical that VicRoads stays on top of slashing and management of roadside vegetation to mitigate fire risk.
“The CFA estimates that slashing decreases any potential flame height by half, making roadside fires easier to put out.
“It is also vital that the government works with VicRoads to address the concerns of farmers and the CFA in regards to accessibility now that wire-rope barriers have been installed along major highways, including the Hume Freeway.
“CFA brigades across the region are greatly concerned about managing fires along the freeway this year without the equipment needed to cut through wire rope barriers.
“This is a major concern repeated time and time again by our local brigades that the government has continued to ignore.
“Emergency service workers, farmers and road users have all pointed out the potential dangers created by unbroken kilometres of wire rope barriers.
“I am gravely concerned that the Andrews Government has heighted the risk of people getting trapped in a fire and has made it more difficult to respond to emergencies.
“Immediate needs to be taken to ensure the safety of all Victorians travelling on our regional roads.”