Mitchell Shire Council is offering free green waste drop-off in Seymour throughout November, to help locals prepare their properties for the upcoming fire season.
Residents will be able to drop off tree branches (under 30cm round), prunings, leaves, twigs, garden weeds and grass clippings at the Seymour Resource and Recovery Centre on November 4 and 5, 11 and 12, 18 and 19 and 25 and 26 — as long as they are free of noxious weeds, rubbish and wire.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was important that people prepared their properties now for the fire season ahead.
‘‘We live in a high bushfire risk area and with a relatively dry winter and an ‘above normal’ fire season predicted this summer, it’s really important that people take the necessary precautions to ensure they are prepared in the event of a fire,’’ she said.
‘‘Cleaning up your property is something that needs to happen all the way up to, and through, the fire season.
‘‘Our Resource Recovery Centre staff will be on site to ensure the drop-off process runs as smoothly as possible, but please be patient as we expect the sites to get quite busy.’’
The green waste will be turned into mulch once the free drop-off period has ended.