Central Goldfields Shire was successful in obtaining funding from the Country Fire Authority and the Victorian Government’s Fire Access Road Subsidy Scheme (FARSS).

Through the 2017/18 FARSS, two Fire Access Roads have been constructed at Timor’s Browns Road and Gane Street in Talbot with $6,378.78 and $11,771.16 being granted for the projects respectively. The Fire Access Roads will allow access for emergency service vehicles and local residents to evacuate if a crisis scenario should arise.

Gane Street provides a secondary emergency access for the Talbot Primary School to the north. Local residents on Browns Road, which is 2.64 kilometres in length, are concerned about maintaining road access during the fire season.

The Shire was also successful in receiving funding of $7,350 to complete a Fire Access Road at Mortlocks Road in Archdale which will be completed in December this year.

Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said the two Fire Access Roads will be of a huge benefit to the community.

“The Fire Access Roads on Gane Street and Browns Road will significantly improve local residents’ safety and access for emergency services, particularly the CFA,” Mr Harvey said.

“We are really pleased to be able to deliver this project for the community and we also look forward to establishing the Fire Access Road on Mortlocks Road, which has been a sought after initiative.”

The total length of Fire Access Roads throughout the Shire is 51.7 km of which 10 km is maintained to standard above a Fire Access Road. The remaining 41.8 km is maintained to a fire access standard.

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