Bush-fires affect the entire community and can have a devastating, wide-spread effect on individuals, businesses, industry and facilities. We all have a joint civic responsibility to take whatever measures are necessary to protect our community. The good news is that our Fire Department has made great progress in reducing the overgrown bush that represents a major fire risk to our community!
The Fire Department now has a formal plan in place that will guide bush-clearing until at least February 2021. To date, the focus has been primarily on alien vegetation, with indigenous vegetation also being cleared when it represents a risk.
Many of you will have seen the recent clearing activity in and around the Irma Booysen Reserve and Reservoir Road, as well as some private properties where complaints have been received. Next on their agenda are private residential stands that require attention. Clearing the first batch of 38 stands has already been scheduled and the Municipality will recover the clearing costs from the stand owners.
Many owners of overgrown stands appear to have adopted the view that “if I ignore it for long enough, it will go away”. Unfortunately, it won’t. Unless, of course, we have another bush-fire. Keeping your stand in a safe condition is a legal requirement. And yes, it costs money. But the longer you delay clearing, the more dense the vegetation becomes. And the more dense the vegetation becomes, the more it will cost you to clear it. With the right of ownership comes a duty of care.
By far the easiest and most cost-effective solution is to contact one of the many local clearing contractors. If you know that your property needs attention, take action before receiving a notice. If you’re not sure, contact the St Francis Bay Property Owners Association (SFPO) which has a dedicated Bush Clearing portfolio. Contact Lyn Aitken on 042 294 0594 or Nick Munday at email@example.com .
Alternatively, contact Trevor Wright, a member of the municipal Fire Risk Reduction Committee. Trevor offers a local bush clearing project management service that includes plot inspections, sourcing of quotations, overseeing and signing-off the work and liaison with the Fire Department. Contact Trevor on 076 589 0014.
If you decide to do the clearing yourself, please note that all cuttings need to be chipped, or removed to the Humansdorp dump. Simply leaving them in place, or dumping them in the bush, creates a bigger risk.
Please take bush-clearing seriously! Lives and properties are at stake…
Media Release – Nick Munday
Trevor Wright, a member of the municipal Fire Risk Reduction Committee, offers a local bush clearing project management service that includes plot inspections, sourcing of quotations, overseeing and signing-off the work and liaison with the Kouga Municipality Fire Department. – Contact Trevor on 076 589 0014.
And please don’t cut the Milkwood Trees down