Fire prevention

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Bushfires can happen anywhere, even in suburban areas. It's important to understand the risks that affect you and know how to minimise those you can control.

  1. Reduce your fuel load - Grass fires can start easily, keep your grass height under 50mm.
  2. No backyard burning – Burn offs are a fire and smoke hazard, and are not permitted in the Town.
  3. Firebreaks on properties 2,000m2 and over - A fire break can slow fires, maintain a three metre firebreak.
  4. Be aware of your surroundings - Bushfires can also start in suburbs, such as in parks or reserves.
Fuel load and fire break compliance is a requirement from 1 November 2020 through to 30 April 2021

All Town land owners and occupiers must ensure their properties meet the requirements of the Town of Victoria Park Bush Fire Notice. These requirements, which fall under the Bush Fires Act 1954, can be found on this page, as well as on the rates notice from the Town.

Requirements of Bush Fire Notice

Effective from 1 November 2020 through to 30 April 2021 

All residential, commercial and vacant land 2,000m2 or under

Remove inflammable matter from all of the land (by means other than burning off), except living trees, shrubs, plants under cultivation and lawn, by means of rubbish removal, ploughing, cultivating or slashing to a height of no more than 50mm.

All residential, commercial and vacant land with an area over 2,000m2

Firebreaks of a minimum width and height of three metres are to be cleared immediately inside all external boundaries of the land.

Firebreaks to a minimum width of three metres and height of three metres are to be cleared immediately surrounding all buildings situated on the land; and any place where inflammable liquids and gas products are kept. This includes the removal of rubbish and discarded materials by means other than burning off.

Town of Victoria Park Bush Fire Notice

BUSH FIRES ACT 1954

Town of Victoria Park

2020 - 2021 Fire break notice

Notice to all owners and/or occupiers of land within the Town of Victoria Park.

Pursuant to the powers conferred in Section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, you are required on or before the 31st October 2020, or within fourteen (14) days of the date you become the owner or occupier should this be after the 31st day of October 2020 and thereafter up to and including the 30th day of April 2021, to clear inflammable matter, on land owned and/or occupied by you in accordance with the following requirements –

1. All land which is 2,000m2 or less in area; 

Remove inflammable matter from the whole of the land, except living trees and shrubs; plants under cultivation and lawn, by means of ploughing, cultivating or slashing to a height of no more than 50mm.

2. All other land within the Town of Victoria Park–

(i) Firebreaks of a minimum width and height of three metres are to be cleared immediately inside all external boundaries of the land;

(ii) Firebreaks to a minimum width of three metres and height of three metres are to be cleared immediately surrounding all buildings situated on the land; and any place where inflammable liquids and gas products are kept; 

In addition to the requirements in this Fire Break Notice (Notice) Council may, by notice in writing require an owner and/or occupier to act as and when specified in the Notice with respect to anything which is upon land and which in the opinion of Council is or is likely to be conducive to the outbreak of a bush fire or the spread or extension of a bush fire.

The term “Inflammable Matter” for the purpose of this Notice includes bush (as defined in the Bush Fires Act 1954), timber, boxes, cartons, paper, rubbish and any other combustible or inflammable matter, but does not include buildings, green standing trees and bushes or growing bushes or plants in gardens or lawns.

All firebreaks must be cleared on or before 31 October in any year and thereafter maintained clear of inflammable matter up to and including 30 April in the following year.

If for any reason an owner and/or occupier considers it impractical to clear firebreaks or comply with other fire protection measures in accordance with the Notice, the owner and/or occupier may apply in writing to Council no later than 31 October in any year for a variation. If permission is not granted in writing by Council or its authorised officer, the owner and/or occupier must comply with the requirements of this Notice. Any variation granted by Council will apply only for a single fire break period. A variation granted by Council shall only remain in force until 30 April in the following year.

The penalty for failing to comply with this notice is a fine of not more than $5,000 and a person in default is also liable whether prosecuted or not, to pay the cost of performing the work directed in this Notice if it is not carried out by the owner or occupier by the date required by this Notice. 

By order of Town of Victoria Park

ANTHONY VULETA

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

DFES - Stay Informed

 

For more information, please visit the DFES page Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) - Bushfire

Need more information?

Please contact 9311 8111 and ask for the Rangers for further information in regards to any bush fire notice requirements.