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Resource Newsletter - SUMMER 18/19

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Hume City Council recognises the rich Aboriginal heritage within the municipality and acknowledges the Gunung-Willam-Balluk of the Wurundjeri as the Traditional Custodians of this land. Council embraces Aboriginal living culture as a vital part of Australia's identity and recognises, celebrates and pays respect to the existing family members of the Gunung-Willam-Balluk and to Elders past and present. This newsletter is printed on Revive Laser 100% recycled PREPARE YOUR PROPERTY FOR SUMMER How to prepare ■ Remove flammable items from verandas, such as boxes, furniture and doormats. ■ Keep grass maintained around the house. ■ Keep woodpiles away from the house – stray fire embers can easily ignite woodpiles. ■ Store flammable liquids away from the house and in flame-proof containers. ■ Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter. ■ Prune lower branches of shrubs to separate from surface fuels underneath, and prune shrubs away from tree branches. Remove large shrubs next to or under windows. ■ Cut back overhanging tree branches close to the house. ■ Check your insurance – ensure fences, outbuildings and their contents are covered by your policy. ■ Above-ground tanks should have a CFA- compatible tank fitting – it is best to have a T or Y-type fitting with two outlets: one for CFA and one for you. What you need to do on a high fire danger day ■ Monitor weather conditions – stay informed and listen to warnings. ■ Decide if you are going to leave early – this is always the best option. ■ Know what the trigger is for you to leave, where you will go and who you will tell. ■ Know how you will leave e.g. car, taxi etc. ■ Know what you will do with pets and stock. If you are staying, ensure you have your plan in place, including ■ Your personal capacity – are you able to defend if needed? ■ Property preparation – is your property prepared? ■ Equipment and resources – do you have the correct equipment in place and resources to assist in defending your property? Remember, leaving early is your only safe option on a Code Red day. The VicEmergency app is the official Victorian Government app for access to timely, relevant and tailored warnings and information in Victoria. For more information on preparing your property visit cfa.vic.gov.au and for up-to-date warnings and information visit emv.vic.gov.au Know your fire risk and know your plan It is important you and your family are aware of the area you live in and the fire risk. Each year, residents of Hume are entitled to one home collection of up to three cubic metres of hard waste plus one of the following: ■ a second home collection of up to three cubic metres of hard waste; OR ■ two visits to the landfill in a single-axle trailer, car boot, van, station wagon, 4WD, utility tray; OR ■ one visit to the landfill in a double-axle trailer. Council also hosts regular FREE recycling collection days called Hume Clean Days to help you dispose of mattresses, tyres, couches and e-waste, such as televisions, computers, DVDs, sound equipment, mobile phones and household appliances. A number of items can be disposed for FREE at the tip ANYTIME including paint, car batteries, empty gas bottles, motor oil, scrap metal including white goods, chemicals, televisions, computers and printers. To organise a hard rubbish collection contact Council on 9205 2200. Hard Rubbish Collection Clean up this summer with a free hard rubbish collection.

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