Fire Danger Season
1 November 2015 - 30 April 2016
Community Fire Safety is a Bushfire Prevention Program for residents of high risk areas. Fuel reduction is one of the most important preparations you can undertake. In the coming weeks we will see the curing of understorey grasses, scrubland and forestry areas so good fuel reductions requires the removal of dead branches, undergrowth, the pruning of low tree limbs and the cutting of long grass within 20 metres of your home. The following are minimum recommendations for fuel hazard reduction, required to be completed prior to the curing of grasses:-
For allotments 0.5 hectare or less in size
By mowing, slashing or grazing all undergrowth to a maximum height of 10cm
For allotments greater than 0.50 hectares in size
By mowing, clashing or grazing to a maximum height of 10cm, all undergrowth in a strip 5 metres wide, as near as practible to the perimeter of the allotment, and all undergrowth within 20 metres of a dwelling.
These standards should be maintained throughout the Fire Danger Season.
Native vegetation is protected under the Native Vegetation Act 1991. The Act provides exemptions along property boundaries and around dwellings. You are requested however to avoid any excess removal of native vegetation and you should seek advice from the Native Vegetation Council on 8124 4744 for advice.
Council undertakes regular assessment of properties, this will commence on 1 November 2015. Should it be noted that fuel hazard reductions work has not been addressed on your property, notice is hereby given that Council's Fire Prevention Officer may enter a property and issue an order against you as the owner and if necessary undertake the required maintenance at your expense. An expiation notice of $315.00 may be issued for non compliance with the notice.
If you have any questions regarding bushfire prevention please contact Council's Fire Prevention Team on 8767 2033
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