Fire not just risk to Hills residents

‘All residents with open grassland or bush nearby need to be prepared, as fire preparedness is a critical aspect in reducing risk and enabling effective fire response,’ he said.

‘It is the responsibility of each and every landowner and land manager to ensure that their properties meet statutory fire regulations and that they have implemented adequate fire preparedness measures.’

Mr Tame said the City would continue to remind residents they needed to heed the Department of Fire and Emergency Service’s Prepare, Act, Survive message. Preparing properties for the bushfire season, he added, is a shared responsibility.

‘Despite ill-informed statements by some, this City has a good reputation in both planning and regulating for fire preparedness, as well as resourcing our community for the occasional adverse event.

‘The City and DFES issue an abundance of material to help residents protect their homes and families and are always available to provide expert information on hazard reduction and bushfire preparation.’

The City’s Rangers regularly patrol and inspect properties.