Getting Bushfire Ready
Maintaining your Property
Before the fire danger season starts all properties should be slashed of long grass and kept in a neat and tidy order. All chemicals should be properly stored and items such as timber and tires removed. Under Section 105F of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005, property owners are required to maintain their land to prevent / inhibit the outbreak or spread of fire on their property.
Failure to do so will result in a warning from Council. If warnings go ignored, a minimum fine of $315 and expiation notice will follow.
To be ready for the fire danger season and compliant, you are required to take the following action:
- Within 20 metres of any building, reduce all grass, pest plants and undergrowth to a maximum height of 100mm
- If the land is a vacant block under half a hectare in area, reduce all grass, pest plants and undergrowth to a maximum height of 100mm over the whole block.
- If the land is a vacant block over half a hectare in area, establish and maintain a fuel break around the whole area, placed as near as practicable to the perimeter. The fuel break shall be at least a 5 metre wide strip on which all grass, pest plants and undergrowth is reduced to a maximum height of 100mm.
For more information on Fire Prevention please contact Council’s Fire Prevention Officer by phoning 8862 0800, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember November is our way of reminding the community to ensure their property is ready by November 1. We encourage people to get into the habit of preparing their properties before this time when the weather is usually cooler throughout October.
Protect yourself and your community by ticking off these requirements before November:
- RULE 1: slash and cut down long grass within 20 metres of your home and within 5 metres of any sheds and garages.
- RULE 2: Remove dead branches, leaves and undergrowth from around your home especially around buildings, structures and under trees.
- RULE 3: Prune tree limbs that are lower than three to four metres above the ground or overhanging your home.
- RULE 4: Remove bark, heavy mulch, wood piles and any other flammable materials close to your home and sheds.
For more information on how to get your property ready, head to the CFS website.