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Fire prevention inspections to begin next week

Loddon Shire Council will begin their fire prevention inspections next week.

From Thursday October 22nd, Council's Fire Prevention Officer will be inspecting properties to assess whether landowners are maintaining appropriate levels of vegetation and reducing fuel loads - particularly in high-risk areas.

Council Chief Executive Officer Phil Pinyon said the inspections were designed to help create a safer community by identifying and managing fire risks.

“This is particularly important as we start to head into the warmer months,” Mr Pinyon added.

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Anyone with excessive vegetation will receive a fire prevention notice, which is a reminder to reduce the risk.

Council says property owners typically have 14 days to comply with the notice or get in touch with Council to discuss the issue.

If property owners still don’t remove the hazard, Council will organise for a contractor to enter the premises and remove the fire hazard. This will be done at the property owner’s expense, plus an administrative cost.

A penalty infringement notice of $1,652 can also be issued to the property owner for a failure to comply with a fire prevention notice.

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