In Western Victoria, crews have started slashing grass near around the Sunraysia region, and will work southwards over the coming months.
RRV Western Regional Director Mal Kersting said mowing crews would be out for the next couple of months on key arterial roads including sections of the Western, Wimmera and Calder Highways.
“Timing our grass cutting season is crucial, which is why we’re getting started now to make sure we’re on top of spring growth and ahead of the peak fire restriction period,” Mr Kersting said.
“Safety is always our first priority and our crews are working tirelessly slashing grass and trimming trees as the weather heats up.”
Mr Kersting said the slashing program differed each year, based on rainfall, seasonal growth, temperature and the time it takes for the grass to cure.
“The program is two-fold in that it not only supports preventative measures ahead of the bushfire season, it’s an important aspect of roadside safety by limiting the chance of fires should an accident occur,” Mr Kersting said.
RRV works closely with councils and emergency services like the CFA, with crews generally cutting up to three metres behind guideposts on major roadsides.
“We’ll be slashing roadside reserves on the region’s 5000-kilometre arterial road network, so we’re asking drivers to be aware and slow down when they enter a works zone,” Mr Kersting said.
“Our crews undertake a number of treatments to maintain weeds and grass along the roadside safety barriers. These include spraying treatments, tractor mowers and mowers with ‘arms’ to reach over or under the barriers.”
In western Victoria, the slashing program is expected to be completed across the region by early December, weather permitting.
“During these works, speed and lane restrictions may be in place to keep drivers and workers safe and we thank the community for their patience,” Mr Kersting said.
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