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With summer approaching and warnings being issued, residents are reminded that now is the time to do a spring clean around yards, paddocks, and vacant blocks.

Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) is requesting that landholders, both residential and farmers take a close look around their blocks and remove material that could pose a fire and rodent hazard.

CGRC mayor Cr Charlie Sheahan issued a warning to all landowner regarding the potential risk this summer for bushfires.

“Communities across the state are being urged to prepare for what is likely to be a very dangerous bushfire season, I urge landholders in our LGA to prepare. Do some slashing and mowing, create firebreaks and clean up debris to reduce the risk of fire,” Councillor Sheahan said.

“A good spring clean will also reduce the potential rodent and snake risk, not only for your own property, but those of your neighbours,” he added.

Council receives numerous complaints from people whose property adjoins allotments that are a potential risk of fire and create problems with unwanted wildlife entering their properties.

“We place a lot of emphasis on respect, so I’m calling on all residents and ratepayers to show some regard to your neighbours and your community, help protect your property and theirs by doing a spring clean around your yards and paddocks so we can all sleep a little easier this summer,” Councillor Sheahan said.

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CGRC Mayor Charlie Sheahan and Council are calling on landowners and residents to have a spring clean up around yards and paddocks to reduce fire hazards. The fuel loads are high and with a long hot summer anticipated now is the time to do some hazard reduction.