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Hamilton Highway roadside burn
Lismore Group completed the annual roadside burning along the Hamilton Highway for the 2013-14 season reports Vegetation Management Officer Ian Morrison.
Highway Roadside Burn
Brigades have completed around 50km of roadside burning along the Hamilton Highway, starting 3km East of Cressy through to Darlington.
The Hamilton Highway is a strategic road running through the northern part of District 6.The brigades within the Lismore group conduct regular burning along this highway.This is in line with the Hamilton Highway Strategic Fire Management.
The burning along the highway has been made possible by the ongoing support from VicRoads, Corangamite Shire, DEPI and CFA brigades of the Lismore Group and District 6 staff.
The burning program normally commences in November and concludes around March each season. The early part of the burning is to reduce the heavy phalaris and wild oats, which ranges from 6 to 8 tonnes per hectare on a normal year, and the burning later in the season is not only for the fuel reduction but also to benefit the ecological aspect of the various biodiversity sites.
The brigades involved in this year’s burning program were Cressy, Duverney, Berrybank, Lismore, Derrinallum, Darlington, Vite Vite North, Weering, Eurack, Stonyford, Barongarook, Cororooke, Dreeite South, Gellibrand, Nalangil and Beeac. Support came from District 7 brigades Geelong West, Geelong City, Grovedale, Leopold and Mannirium.
A total of 115 people have been involved so far this season, which is an excellent response for the Hamilton Highway burn program which so far has been over seven days or evenings. There is still around 15 km left to burn to complete the overall burning of the highway for this season.
A big congratulations to all involved in giving their time to make these burns a success.
Vegetation Management Officer Ian Morrison (BSWR)