Kangaroo Island Council steps up fire preparation activity

The Kangaroo Island Council received permission to conduct safety clearing adjacent to the Soldier Settlers Museum at Parndana.
The Kangaroo Island Council received permission to conduct safety clearing adjacent to the Soldier Settlers Museum at Parndana.

The Kangaroo Island Council is stepping up its work during winter to help make ready the Island for the up-coming bushfire season.

CEO Greg Georgopoulos said asset protection was critical to this schedule of work, with the current activity focussing around power poles and the electrical sub-station at Parndana.

Safety clearing around an electrical substation at Parndana.

Safety clearing around an electrical substation at Parndana.

Safety clearing under power poles at Parndana.

Safety clearing under power poles at Parndana.

Recent work has also included the Soldiers Settlers Museum.

Any clearing undertaken was approved under asset protection zone clearance procedures following ongoing meetings with the Native Vegetation Council representatives, including on the Island.

Recent clearing of roadside vegetation along Springs Road. Photo supplied

Recent clearing of roadside vegetation along Springs Road. Photo supplied

Recent clearing of roadside vegetation along Springs Road. Photo supplied

Recent clearing of roadside vegetation along Springs Road. Photo supplied

There are reports of increased land clearing activity being undertaken by landowners at various locations around the Island as a response to the fires, including roadsides.

Clearing of bushland is regulated by the Native Vegetation Council, an independent body.

Any allegations of illegal land clearing would need to be investigated by the Department for Environment and Water's native vegetation compliance unit.

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