Swathes of Orange covered in long grass because it's still too wet to mow

GRASSED OFF: Orange resident Tony Briggs fears the long grass around McLachlan and Spring streets will lead to a fire. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

GRASSED OFF: Orange resident Tony Briggs fears the long grass around McLachlan and Spring streets will lead to a fire. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Areas of parks and public land in Orange are covered in tall grass because it’s still too wet underneath to get the council mowers with slashers into them.

Orange City Council communications officer Allan Reeder said recent record rains have left a long green legacy – tall grass.

“There are whole areas that have been impossible to get into. Our mowing hasn’t happened because we are catching up after the wettest three months on record.”

Resident Tony Briggs said there had been two fires in the tall grass between McLachlan and Spring streets and he feared another one.

He said he had approached council a week ago with a petition signed by “about 50 people” asking for the grass to be cut but it had not been done.

Mr Briggs said council had only cut alongside a path.

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