Costly impact from fires

RECOVERY MODE: Strathbogie Shire Council director of assets, Roy Hetherington, with a map showing the reach of the Creightons Creek bushfire. PHOTO: Lucy Bowler

ROADSIDE recovery, water restoration and emergency response regarding December’s bushfire will cost over $900,000, Strathbogie Shire Council’s director of assets, Roy Hetherington, said last week.

Under natural disaster funding arrangements, a joint federal and state funding package, council will be reimbursed all but $35,000 of the total expenditure, Mr Hetherington said.

Hundreds of trees were severely damaged along council roads during the blaze, including Creightons Creek, Longwood-Gobur, Longwood-Ruffy and Sargood’s Roads.

A team of council and Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) appointed arborists and tree management contractors worked to identify and treat the damaged trees through to the New Year, Mr Hetherington said.

“These trees became dangerous after the fires,” he said.

“The shire had to work to a six metre clear zone on each side of the road.”

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