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Bush fires

The Shire administers the Bush Fire Act 1954 and this places certain requirements on landowners to ensure that they minimise the potential for fires to occur.

All landowners have a responsibility to ensure that they prevent the outbreak of fire by ensuring appropriate firebreaks are maintained and that inflammable material is removed. You may be placing your property or your neighbour’s property in danger of fire by not minimising the potential for fires to occur.

An infringement could be issued against you for non-compliance with the Bush Fires Act and if Council staff have to undertake work on your property to ensure that it complies with the legislation then additional costs associated with doing the required work may apply.

Bush Fire Act 1954 (section 33)
SHIRE OF ASHBURTON
NOTICE TO ALL OWNERS AND/OR OCCUPIERS OF TOWNSITE LAND IN THE SHIRE OF ASHBURTON

PURSUANT to the powers contained in section 33 of the abovementioned Act all owners and/or occupiers of townsite land within the Shire of Ashburton are required to:

  • Remove from the land owned or occupied by you all inflammable material on or before 1 November each year; or
  • Clear firebreaks in accordance with points (1) or (2), below, and thereafter to maintain the land or the firebreaks clear of inflammable material up to and including 31 March each year.

(1) On Town site Land or Land subdivided for Residential Purposes – clear of all inflammable material firebreaks at least three meters wide immediately inside all external boundaries of the land and also immediately surrounding all buildings situated on the land. Keep gardens free of unnecessary leaves and rubbish, and lop trees that can endanger the house in the event of a fire.

(2) Fuel Dumps and Depots - remove all inflammable material from all land where fuel drum ramps or dumps are located and where fuel drums, whether containing fuel or not, are stored, to a distance of at least five meters outside the perimeter of any drum, ramp or stack of drums.

Fire Control Officers will commence inspection of firebreaks and fire hazards early in the season. The Officer may issue notices requiring fire breaks and hazards to be cleared.
The penalties for failing to comply with this notice are heavy fines or a prescribed penalty on service of an infringement notice.
If the requirements of this notice are carried out by burning, such burning must be in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Bush Fires Act, which include the necessity for permits to burn during the restricted burning times which are all year round.

THE SHIRE OF ASHBURTON HAS RESTRICTED BURNING ALL YEAR ROUND
 

Last updated: 25 July 2013