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Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Page: 3402


Mr ANDREWS (Menzies) (13:34): With bushfires raging in various parts of Australia over the last few weeks, it's timely to remind other Australians, particularly my constituents, of the desirability of preparing for the dangers of the fire season. It's predicted that we're going to face a long, hot summer in the coming months; therefore, I encourage all Australians in fire-prone parts of this nation—particularly my constituents in Eltham, Warrandyte, Wonga Park, Research, Kangaroo Ground and other areas—to be fire ready, and a key to being fire ready is to have a plan in place. It's no good when the fires arrive on the doorstep to be planning what to do. It's very important to have a plan in place, and for all neighbours, family members and the like to be aware of what that plan is.

Some practical things that can be done now include cleaning up mess, debris, undergrowth and overgrowth, keeping grass short, getting rid of dry leaves, cleaning out gutters, removing shrubs near windows and cutting back on overhanging branches that may have grown over the last few months. All these things are very important. I commend, in this context, the Warrandyte Community Association. I recommend their Warrandyte firewatch website and recommend that people download the VicEmergency app at www.emergency.vic.gov.au.