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Lord Mayor encourages residents be storm prepared

09 September, 2013

Lord Mayor encourages residents be storm prepared

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will offer residents the chance to get rid of unwanted green waste with a free tipping weekend on September 21 and 22.

The event will allow households to dispose of branches, leaves and other natural garden waste for free at any Council transfer station in preparation for the storm and bushfire season.

The Lord Mayor said the initiative would assist home owners in safeguarding their properties through summer.

“The importance of being prepared for natural disasters in Brisbane cannot be underestimated,” Cr Quirk said.

“Loose tree branches and lightweight backyard items can become damaging missiles in high winds, bringing down power lines and causing property damage, while blocked gutters can cause leaking roofs.

“Thunderstorms and flash flooding can occur without warning during our city’s warmer months and keeping a neat and tidy yard can be the difference between safety and disaster.”

Cr Quirk said the threat of fire could also be managed with good backyard practice.

“Residents whose homes back onto or are located near bushlands should be especially vigilant about removing undergrowth near buildings and in gardens,” Cr Quirk said.

“With free green waste disposal this weekend, there has never been a better time to trim overhanging tree branches, rake up bark, twigs and dried leaves from around your home, and clear gutters of leaf litter.”

Council’s transfer stations are open from 6.30am to 5.45pm and are located at:
• 1560 Nudgee Road, Nudgee.
• 360 Sherbrooke Road, Willawong.
• 101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove.
• 728 Tilley Road, Chandler (opposite the Sleeman Sports Complex).

Council will also offer an additional free tipping weekend on October 5 and 6 for residents who cannot make the September dates.

For more information on preparing for severe storms and bushfires, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared or phone Council on 3403 8888.

[Ends] SEPTEMBER 9, 2013

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