Council urges caution during clean-up

Macedon Ranges council's efforts to clean up storm damage is still ongoing. (Matty Be)

Oliver Lees

Macedon Ranges council is reminding residents to stay safe as clean-up efforts from the damaging storms continue across the shire.

In June, the region was battered with extreme winds and rains which caused many trees and power lines to damage property and block roads.

Macedon Ranges council has since been working with Bushfire Recovery Victoria to clear the debris and provide advice to the community.

Macedon Ranges council chief executive officer Bernie O’Sullivan said residents should exercise caution before attempting to clear their properties.

“Council crews and contractors continue their large-scale storm response and recovery operation across the shire,” he said.

This includes clean-up on road reserves with respect to significant vegetation, as well as replacement of signage, barriers and road repairs.

“Please don’t risk serious injury using chainsaws and ladders if you don’t have the skills or mobility to tackle these tasks safely. We can refer urgent cases to our crews, contractors or the local SES to help respond to risks posed by fallen trees or hanging branches in the shire,” he said.

The council has also launched a number of free services to assist in storm clean-up efforts. This includes free green waste disposal, free storm firewood from salvaged tree debris, and a free mulch service.

Mr O’Sullivan said residents can report sites that pose an immediate danger on both private property and public land.

To report a site, call the recovery operations centre on 5422 0237

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