North West residents are being asked to take advantage of local government green waste and household verge collections ahead of the cyclone season.
FESA Kimberley District Officer Matt Reimer encouraged people to clean up around their homes and ensure that the types of vegetation planted around their property were appropriate.
“Destructive winds from cyclones can uproot trees and bring down large branches onto homes, cars, fences and powerlines,” Mr Reimer said.
“If a cyclone hits and uproots a large tree it will cause enormous damage, so find out what trees are appropriate and make sure you don’t plant a hazard.”
“If you already have a large tree you need to manage its growth and cut it back before the cyclone season begins.
“The threat of cyclones is very real, with three tropical cyclones affecting the region last year.
“Trim tree branches, hire a contractor to clear trees from powerlines if necessary and throw out or secure loose objects that could cause damage or injury if picked up by strong winds.
“Save yourself some time and money by taking advantage of green waste and household verge collections that have started in some Shires.”
Some of the local Shires that are conducting pre-cyclone verge collections include the Shire of Broome, Shire of Wyndham/East Kimberley, Shire of Derby/West Kimberley, the Town of Port Hedland, the Shire of Roebourne and the Shire of Exmouth.
• For further advice about how to prepare your home and family for the upcoming Wet Season visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au.
• Check with your local Shire about green waste and household collection days.
• Contact your local nursery for further information about the suitable trees for your area.
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