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Bushfire fuel reduction works along Arthurs Seat Road

Wednesday 8 May, 2013

Parks Victoria is undertaking fuel reduction works along Arthurs Seat Road over the next few weeks including the manual removal of woody weeds such as Boneseed, Sweet Pittosporum and Sallow Wattle across parts of the northern face of Arthurs Seat.

The fuel reduction works form part of Parks Victoria’s Melbourne Bushfire Protection Program (MBPP), which was established in July 2009 to improve bushfire preparedness of public land on Melbourne’s outer urban bushland fringe.

Parks Victoria Chief Ranger Libby Jude said the works provide a good solution to two problems.

“The fuel reduction work will reduce the bushfire risk to life and property in the Arthurs Seat area and we’ll also reduce the environmental impact of woody weeds on the area.”

“It’s a great example of how the goals of protecting life and property can also support the goal of protecting our precious flora and fauna,” said Ms Jude.

Road users are advised that during these works one lane of Arthurs Seat Road between Purves Road and the base of the Arthurs Seat Chairlift will be closed to traffic (including bicycles), directed by on site traffic management personnel. One lane will remain open to traffic at all times.

“We appreciate the public’s ongoing support and patience during these crucial fire management works.”

The Melbourne Bushfire Protection Program aims to reduce bushfire risk by improving the fuelbreak network, building on existing programs of planned burning, community bushfire education and engagement programs, and enhancing bushfire response capability with additional fire fighting resources.

For more information on the fuel reduction works or the Melbourne Bushfire Protection Program call 13 1963.

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