Fringe Focus for the Winter of 2009 Shire Update

Bushfire recovery

Road reserve rehabilitation

Council’s Environmental Works team are undertaking work to rehabilitate and protect public road reserves across bushfire affected areas of the Shire. This activity will assist in the recovery of ecosystem function and reduce the risks of erosion, landslides and flash flooding.

Initially this work will focus on the clean-up of excessive fallen timber from road reserves, whilst balancing the environmental requirements for habitat and erosion control. 

The guidelines for this work are based on scientific research and current best management practices. However, work in each area will vary according to faunal significance, vegetation type and significance, slope and erosion potential, severity of burn and the likelihood of natural regeneration.


A straw bale check dam

In the coming weeks, several demonstration sites will be prepared in order to demonstrate and monitor the effectiveness of these treatments. The location of sites will be publicised once they have been established. Findings will then be used to guide further works across all bushfire affected areas.

Several severely eroded sites in Ninks Road have already been treated in order to demonstrate best management practices and to monitor their effectiveness. High priority erosion and drainage problem areas requiring such specialised treatment will be identified and treated appropriately throughout the coming months. 

The medium to long term objectives of this work will focus on monitoring the effectiveness of treatments, weed infestations and ecosystem recovery. A weed control program will be implemented in spring.

To maximise the effectiveness of erosion control treatments on road reserves, complementary works on adjoining properties would be beneficial. Council can assist with identifying the need for such works on your property through the development and implementation of a Property Recovery Plan (see Land Management Assistance article below). 

For further information please contact Brad Tadday, Environmental Works Officer, on 9433 3713.

Land management assistance for bushfire affected properties

Council’s Environmental Planning Unit can provide advice on land management issues including: vegetation, pasture management, erosion control and weed control. Council has developed a Property Recovery Plan template and is able to support landowners with developing plans for their properties. For more information, please contact Donna Stoddart, Environmental Planning Coordinator, on 9433 3216. 

When you start thinking about rebuilding…

Nillumbik Shire Council is offering a free sustainable design assessment on the design of your property. Council’s Sustainability Officers conduct assessments using the Sustainable Tools for Environmental Performance Strategy (STEPS) tool.

A STEPS assessment provides an analysis of the environmental sustainability of the property design and looks at material selection, appliances, and water and energy use. A guide on how your property compares to environmental standards is also provided through the STEPS assessment.

Council will provide a summary report on your design in terms of environmental sustainability and offer design considerations. The assessment and report will be completed in the line with relevant Building Commissions Guidelines and Australian Standards for Bushfire Prone Areas. This is a unique opportunity to have your property design assessed for environmental sustainability while ensuring the appropriate building materials are selected.

For more information, please contact Council’s Sustainability Officers on 9433 3214.


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