Landowners and occupiers are responsible for fire prevention on their properties, and there are steps you can take now to prepare your home for the summer fire season each year and give it the best chance of surviving a bushfire.
Fire hazard inspections are conducted across the Shire by the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer every year throughout October and November. If you have received a fire prevention notice, your property has been identified as a fire hazard and you will be required to clean up your property by the completion date on the notice. Non-compliance with directions will result in work being carried out by Council at the expense of the owners.
Fire Prevention Notices - Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 106KB)
It's essential for everyone to have their own plan that meets their individual needs and takes into account the geography of where you live and the level of risk to your home and life.
You can do things now to prepare your property for bushfires, including:
- Removal of fire hazards and potential fire hazards from properties
- Cleaning out gutters, mowing the lawn and management or removing vegetation
- Reducing the number of flammable items within a 30m radius of your house
- Regular testing and maintenance of extinguishers and hose reels
- Maintenance of clear exits
- Practicing emergency evacuation procedures from your Bushfire Survival Plan
Anyone wishing to conduct a private burn in an urban area will need to apply for a Permit to Burn. For more details on fire restrictions during the Fire Danger Period, please visit the CFA website.
All permits issued by Municipal Fire Prevention Officer are suspended for the duration of any Total Fire Ban Day. Also strict guidelines may apply during the Fire Danger Period.
You will find more detailed information on fire prevention in CFA’s Your Guide to Property Preparation.