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Community Urged to Prepare for Upcoming Cyclone Season

Published: Thursday, 13 September 2018 at 9:31:44 AM

Palm fronds, tree loppings, branches and grass clippings are just some of the green waste items community members are encouraged to dispose of through the Town of Port Hedland’s annual Pre-Cyclone Season Clean Up.

As part of the Town’s community service, the yearly green waste collection enables residents and community members to clear their yards and gardens of debris ahead of upcoming cyclone season.

 Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco said that this was a prime opportunity for community members to not only thoroughly clean their yards but to also to start considering other cyclone precautions.

“The annual free green waste collection will commence from Monday 1 October and will run for approximately three weeks.

“I encourage all community members to clear out your homes and work areas of unwanted materials and rubbish, clear drains of rubbish or obstructions, and trim trees of excess height and growth that will enable them to withstand high winds,” said Mayor Blanco.

“As part of preparing our homes and premises for potential catastrophic weather events, it is important that we minimise the risk of flying debris.

“During this time it is also an excellent opportunity to think about the disposal of other waste from yards and to consider additional measures to prepare for a cyclone. Residents can also dispose of residential household refuse and debris at South Hedland Landfill free of charge.

“Residents and property owners are asked to neatly stack green waste on their verge and ensure that it does not obstruct footpaths, street lighting, water metres, fencing, driveways, drainage pits or roadways.

“The Town’s free collection includes all green waste - tree loppings, palm fronds, branches, leaves, grass clippings, weeds - and must be no longer than 1.5 metres in length and be able to be carried by two people.”

Residents need to ensure that all waste is on the curb by Monday 1 October 2018.

For further information on the free annual pre-cyclone clean-up contact 9158 9300 or visit http://www.porthedland.wa.gov.au/planning-building-and-environment/environment/2018-cyclone.aspx

For media information
Laura Hawes, Manager Marketing Events and Communications
(08) 9158 9365
lhawes@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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