Safe communities

Hills residents need to heed the warnings of the CFS and councils and clean up their properties.

As the region faces the next fire danger season, it’s imperative that locals heed the warnings of the CFS and councils and clean up around their properties.
Coming off the back of a wetter than average November, it’s highly likely that fuel loads will remain high into summer.
After facing two devastating bushfires in as many years, Hills residents are as aware as anyone of the important role property maintenance plays in reducing the risk of damage during a bushfire.
But while the CFS’s analysis that this coming fire season won’t be as bad as the horror season faced in 2019/20 is good news for our region, it’s still vital that we don’t rest on our laurels.
Figures from the Adelaide Hills Council show the number of clean up notices handed out to residents is on the decline, which is an encouraging sign.
But next door in the Mt Barker Council area, they’re higher than last year.
While there could be various reasons for that, it’s important to remember that bushfire preparedness is everyone’s responsibility.
So let’s all do our part to make our communities safer.

Road safety

The State Government’s decision to assess the safety of Hills roads is a welcome move.
The Hills and Fleurieu region consistently has the highest road toll of any region in SA, with all-too-regular fatalities leaving communities shattered.
Residents of Birdwood – who have been calling for action on Torrens Valley Road for months – will welcome the speed limit reduction at that site.
But so often locals, many of whom traverse these roads every day, are left frustrated at Government assessments that find that no action is required, despite local experience saying otherwise.
While an assessment of speed limits is certainly welcome, it is vital that in the process the Government also considers other factors that could improve the safety of Hills roads.
It’s also important that the Department of Infrastructure and Transport takes into consideration the views of the local communities who have the most lived experience using the roads and are most impacted by any changes made.