Make highway a proper firebreak

MAY I make a suggestion to Roads and Maritime and VicRoads on the plantations along the Hume Highway from Sydney to Melbourne.

I drove from Melbourne to Wodonga recently and I noticed that a lot of roadside verges and median strips were burnt badly in a recent fire.

I suggest that the relevant ministers have fire-resistant trees and bushes planted along that stretch of road and others.

The median strips and the verges should be replanted with low flammability plants.

They may act a bit like a buffer and may help to stop or reduce the fire spreading across the road.

These plantations and the road could constitute a good firebreak in future fire seasons.

— GRAEME SCOTT,

Albury

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