Rockingham bushfire ready

Gareth McKnightSound Telegraph

The City of Rockingham has lauded residents in Karnup and Baldivis for taking steps to reduce the chance of a bushfire near their properties this summer.

The City’s Emergency Services team has been working with property owners in potential fire risk zones to minimise the chance of a blaze.

With the mercury set to sky rocket this weekend, volunteer firefighter Steve Leavy has worked hard to prepare at his Karnup property.

He has maintained firebreaks, conducted hazard reduction burns and established a bushfire protection zone around his home.

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“The big issue is complacency,” Mr Leavy said.

“We haven’t had that big fire come through here yet but when it does, it could be disastrous.

“Simple things like keeping your verge grass low, pruning trees up, removing ground fuel and making the most of restricted burning periods to burn off can make a big difference.”

Baldivis property owner Linda Cummins has not yet built on her land but is already well prepared, having installed firebreaks and cut back any long grass on her property.

“We have good relationships with our neighbours and we have to work together to ensure everyone’s safety,” she said.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said 90 infringements had been issued this year for home owners that had not complied with the Fire Control Notice.

“Properties like Steve’s and Linda’s deserve gold stars for the excellent work they have done,” he said.

“The City of Rockingham is no stranger to bushfires and we need everyone to do their bit to make fighting fires easier for our emergency services.

“It’s not just people’s homes, but their lives that could be at risk and it’s much easier to take the steps now than when the fire is on your doorstep.”

For more information on how to ensure your property is best prepared for a bushfire and information on the Fire Control Notice, contact the City’s Emergency Services team on 9528 0333 or visit the City’s website on www.rockingham.wa.gov.au/firecontrol.

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