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Tree Removal Ramps Up

Tree Removal Ramps Up

HAZARDOUS TREE REMOVAL UNDERWAY ON GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Hazardous tree removal along the Great Ocean Road is ramping up this week.

Signage and traffic management will be in place and authorities are reminding locals and visitors to follow all signage and changed traffic conditions to ensure their and workers safety.

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Removal of hazardous trees makes these roads safer by reducing the risk of falling limbs that can block access for emergency services and residents during and after storms or fires.

This work is part of the strategic fuel break project being delivered around coastal townships along the Great Ocean Road.

The breaks will effectively complete a ring of fuel reduced land around the towns from where fire management activity can be undertaken, including planned burns close to community assets.

With the safe window to conduct planned burning getting smaller and the challenges of a drying climate, pro-active, on-ground initiatives like this are vital to reducing risk in what is a very bushfire prone landscape.

The $1.5 million project is funded by the Victorian Government through the Safer Together program and is being delivered in partnership with the Surf Coast Shire Council, Regional Roads Victoria and the Country Fire Authority.

Under the current public health advice, this work can continue for now. If that advice changes, we will make any adjustments necessary in consultation with the Victorian Department of Health, Environment Protection Authority Victoria, CFA (Country Fire Authority) and Vic Emergency.

Crews are adhering to appropriate physical distancing and hygiene requirements.

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