The City of
Greater Geelong has a clear role in the shared task of bushfire prevention and
To support the
Victorian Government and emergency services, we have extensive measures and
initiatives to help prevent and prepare for fire.
agencies assume control during emergency responses, we take a strategic,
proactive approach to reduce risks and protect our community.
Some of this
annual work includes:
mid-January, we have issued 1505 Fire Prevention Notices on land that is deemed
a fire risk.
If the owner fails to respond, we hire a contractor to carry out
annual property inspection program begins early November.
Starting in the
municipality’s northern areas, our team aims to ensure as much of the grass is
removed before the total curing of grasses.
years, additional resources are used to visually inspect every property in
Outside of the
fire season, we issue permits to burn for rural and peri-urban properties.
residents to burn accumulated branches and tree limbs prior to the fire season,
removing fuel from the environment.
We issued 1723
permits to burn in 2019.
The City is
responsible for maintaining roadsides along council-owned roads.
We work to
reduce the volume of roadside material without negatively impacting on our
native plants and animals that rely on these areas for habitat.
more than 1100 kilometres of roadside begins in late Spring and is finished
We carry out
inspections in January and re-slash as needed.
mowing exotic grasses, removing woody weed in protected native vegetation and
This is done to
maintain clear sight lines for motorists and to reduce the fire risk.
report long grass or highlight fire risks via a service request at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/contact or 5272 5272.
We manage about
1300 hectares of land across more than 100 nature reserves.
waterways and wetlands, bushlands and grasslands, and coastal reserves and
Ranging in size
from less than one hectare to 300 ha, the reserves provide vital habitat for
vegetation and wildlife, including some that are threatened and extremely
Our teams use
multiple fire management techniques, depending on the location.
Waterway reserves, such as the Barwon River, Waurn Ponds Creek and Armstrong
Creek, have large areas of grass that are regularly mowed to provide a buffer.
slashed breaks: In reserves such as Moonah Park in Barwon Heads, Bluff Road
Reserve in St Leonards and Corio Grassland, a cleared break is maintained
between the residential areas and the native vegetation, or a new break is
slashed early summer.
We aim to complete at least two planned burns this fire season. In recent
years, burns have been completed on the Old Melbourne Road and at Ripley
Reserve in Balliang. Planned burns are led by the CFA.
inspection and community information: Carried out with the CFA, the annual fire
risk inspection at Kingston Park in Ocean Grove led to branches being pruned
along a track, to ensure easy access for fire trucks. The outcome of the
inspection was communicated to residents.
reduction: Extensive fuel reduction works are undertaken across many reserves,
removing the biomass from woody weeds and exotic grasses such as phalaris. A
$14,000 grant from the CFA was used to remove woody weeds from the Indented Head Woodland Reserve.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher
Our staff carry
out a comprehensive range of fire prevention works on council assets and lead
extensive measures on residential properties each year. To ensure our
region is best prepared, everyone in the community must play their role. That includes
adhering to total fire bans, using the Vic Emergency website or app and
preparing your property and loved ones for a fire.