The Shire administers the Bush Fire Act 1954 which places certain requirements on landowners to ensure that they minimise the potential for fires to occur.
All landowners have a responsibility to prevent the outbreak of fire by ensuring appropriate firebreaks are maintained and that inflammable material is removed from their land. You may be placing your property or your neighbour’s property in danger by not minimising the potential for fires to occur.
An infringement can be issued for non-compliance with the Bush Fires Act. Further, if Shire staff are required to undertake work on your property to ensure that it complies with the legislation, the Shire may charge you for the costs associated with undertaking any such work.
THE SHIRE OF ASHBURTON HAS RESTRICTED BURNING ALL YEAR ROUND
(Fires are prohibited all year without a permit other than for the purpose of camping and cooking)
Fire Control Officers
The Shire of Ashburton has appointed Fire Control Officers (FCO) for areas within and surrounding the Shire boundaries.
Download the FCO appointments here.
Fire Weather Officers
The Shire of Ashburton has appointed Fire Weather Officers (FWO) for areas within and surrounding the Shire boundaries.
Download the FWO appointments here.
Be Bushfire Ready
To learn more about preparing for bushfires and how to respond in an emergency, visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website for a range of information.
Last updated: 21 December 2020