CITYWIDE’s open space teams are working in conjunction with the City of Whittlesea to prepare for a potentially dangerous fire season.
It comes as the CFA warned residents at Sunday’s Fire Action Week launch to prepare now before what experts predict will be a harsh and scorching Summer.
Open Space team members are now in the midst of the busiest period of the year to create fire breaks and slash grass lengths.
Mowing Team Leader Aaron Turner says crews work furiously to manage 1800 sites covering almost 6 million square metres including sites we are contracted to manage by the City of Whittlesea
“We slash grass two to three times a year across rural and residential blocks,” Aaron said.
“The City of Whittlesea is dedicated to maintaining a very high standard and we are only too happy to work with them to achieve the best possible result.”
From road side mowing, maintaining sports ovals to parks and gardens, Citywide has helped shaped the municipality including numerous growing housing estates which thousands of people call home.
“The work we do is vital, it has proven to be effective especially if a fire breaks out and threatens homes,” Aaron said.
Since 2004 Citywide has worked with the City of Whittlesea to provide leading open space and infrastructure services to the community. Citywide have a proud history of meeting open space challenges such as drought, floods and fire with solutions that protect and nurture valuable natural assets.
“It is one of the most satisfying and rewarding jobs to be able to stand back and look at what we’ve done in this particular area,” Aaron said.