Weather permitting, a controlled ecological burn will take place in grasslands in Cairnlea close to Victoria University's St Albans Campus next week.
The burn-off is scheduled to take place during the first week of February to control the invasive weed Serrated Tussock Grass, which has infested the protected conservation grasslands in recent months, aided by rain.
It will be carried out by the Department of Sustainability and Environment in partnership with VU's Iramoo Sustainable Community Centre and in conjunction with Brimbank Council.
Three parcels of reserve land will be burnt. They are:
- The Iramoo Grasslands bordered by Grassland Crescent, Delma Avenue and Jones Creek Wetlands
- Featherheads Grasslands, bordered by Dunbarrim Avenue, Warin Road, Walert Street and Barring Boulevard
- Pimelea Grasslands bordered by Pimelea Terrace
Iramoo business manager Wendy Lang said notices had been posted to advise residents who are being asked to close their windows and doors and bring pets indoors to avoid smoke infiltration and to gather in their washing.
"Iramoo staff will be slashing firebreaks this week to ensure adequate access for fire crews and as an additional buffer zone to roads and footpaths to protect residential areas," Ms Lang said.
"Iramoo welcomes residents to assist us in the preparation by cleaning blown grass from around their homes. This is vital work to protect the native grasslands which are a valuable local asset."
Further information: Wendy Lang, Iramoo: 9919 2815; 0432 857 266; [email protected]
Media inquiries: Jim Buckell, External Communications Manager
Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University
Ph: (03) 9919 4243; mobile: 0400 465 459; email: [email protected]