MEDIA RELEASE: Bicentennial Road Fire Update

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MEDIA RELEASE: Bicentennial Road Fire Update

posted 02-Jul-2019

Bicentennial Road Fire Update

Katherine Town Council is working closely with the NT Police, Katherine Fire Brigade, NT Department of Health and NT Environmental Protection Authority. Council would like to reassure the community that the fire is under control and anticipate moving into the recovery stage as soon as possible.

NT Department of Health have advised residents may be impacted by smoke caused by the fire. Smoke may cause amongst other symptoms, a burning feeling in your eyes and throat irritation. If you live or work near the fire, try to avoid the smoke as much as possible. Stay indoors away from the smoke, reduce reverse cycle air-conditioning and reduce physical activity. Keep windows and doors closed.

Katherine Town Council recognised the legacy tyres were an issue and in 2018/2019 and allocated $130 000 to remove legacy tyres from the municipality. This project has commenced and since has seen 200 tonnes of legacy tyres being removed and transported to Adelaide. This was year one (1) of a three (3) year planned approach to the legacy tyre issue. Legacy tyres were stored at both the Waste Management Facility and Katherine Showgrounds. Environmental risks were assessed and found the Waste Management Facility was the highest for removal of tyres considering the likelihood of fires and the proximity to water ways.

A sincere thank you to for everyone who has assisted with the event including those who helped with the Territory Day celebrations. Further updates will be provided as they become available.