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Bland Shire Fire Danger Warning

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Bland Shire Council is warning the community about the potential serious dangers of illegal burning after a roadside fire recently got out of control in the Shire and burnt out a long segment of road reserve.

In the past year, Council has had issues with various practices being carried out by landholders and the general public on road reserves (roadsides) without authorisation.

One such practice has been the clearing and-or burning of trees and other vegetation which apart from the obvious environmental impacts can also quickly spark a potential disaster like the recent incident which caused several trees to fall on or close to the road and could easily have became more serious and threatened local properties.

Any form of clearing or burning is not permitted on Council road reserves without specific permission from Council. Fines apply.

Another practice has been the dumping of rubbish, particularly old fencing material and other waste on road reserves. This practice is illegal and can attract heavy penalties. It is also unsightly and can cause animals to become entangled or poisoned.

No dumping of rubbish is permitted on road reserves or other Council land, excepting landfills, within the Bland Shire region.

Road reserves contain much of the regions rare and endangered species of plants and animals. They provide connectivity, allowing movement of wildlife from one area to another which is critical for their survival. They also provide shade and shelter to livestock on adjoining properties. As such they should be treated with care and respect.

Further information can be obtained by reading Bland Shire Councils’ Roadside Vegetation Management Guide, which is available on Councils’ website, or by contacting Councils Environmental Officer on 6972 2266.