Maintenance works to reduce grass fire risk at Stawell’s abandoned Pleasant Creek Hospital site off the Western Highway have been completed.
Father son duo Jamie and Broderick Erwin negotiated with the site owners and started works at the premises in January.
Jamie Erwin said the work was completed safely and in accordance with council rules after a notice was issued to the land owners to clean up the site in November.
“The owners realised that the undergrowth had grown substantially more than expected because of the unusual season we have had last year,” he said.
“Stawell Volume Business Park were also looking at an ongoing maintenance and grass control program with Jamie and Broderick Erwin including controlled burning and Chemical control to keep the site under control in the future.”
Mr Erwin said it was a challenging job to complete, but he and the owners both agreed ongoing maintenance was the way to go.
“While it will never be manicured lawns and gardens as it was in the past it certainly will not be a fire risk in the future,” he said.
“It is a fine balance to reduce fuel at the right time of the year without having to do it twice and hence double costs, but we are all committed to making it a better place for residents and travellers alike to greet them on the entrance to Stawell.”
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