FIREBREAKS 2017/2018

Posted on: Wednesday, 29 November 2017 at 1:51:25 PM

Bush Fires Act 1954

Shire of Wickepin

Annual Firebreak Notice 2017/2018

Action is required by owners and/or occupiers of all land in the Shire of Wickepin. Please read this notice carefully. Any queries should be directed to the Shire of Wickepin Administration Centre or Local Shire Bush Fire Control Officer. 

Pursuant to the powers contained in Section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, owners and occupiers of property within the Shire  of  Wickepin  are  hereby  required  on or before 1 October 2017 and thereafter to 14 April 2018 to plough, scarify or otherwise provide and maintain firebreaks clear of all inflammable material at least 2.5 metres wide as follows:

Rural Land

Inside the boundary of all land held by each owner or occupier, their firebreaks need not follow the perimeter of any  paddock  but  will  be  acceptable following land  contours  in an endeavour to overcome water erosion;

To subdivide each holding into lots of no greater than 200 hectares; and

To surround the homestead, out buildings and fuel storages on any such land.

Townsite Land

All lots within the townsites of Harrismith, Tincurrin, Toolibin, Wickepin and Yealering are required to be cleared and maintained free of all debris or inflammable material. Failure to comply with these requirements renders the owner or occupier liable to a penalty not more than $400.

Clearing of Fence Lines

When clearing for new fence lines, landholders are asked to consider locating the fence three (3) metres inside their boundary to avoid any clearing on road reserves. Old fences should first be removed. If landholders wish to place their fence on the boundary, they may clear no more than one (1) metre beyond their boundary. This may be varied in special circumstances at the discretion of the CEO and Manager Works & Services.  Any timber removed from the road reserve is to be pushed onto the owner’s property.

Fencing of Road Reserves

Council encourages farmers to fence off road reserves running through their properties to protect trees on these reserves and to allow new growth of vegetation.

Burning on Roadsides

Should property owners wish to carry out burning of the road reserve adjacent to their property, it is necessary to obtain council approval prior to any burning taking place.

Burning Periods

Restricted Burning – 1 October 2017 to 13 November 2017;

Prohibited Burning – 14 November 2017 to 7 February 2018;

Restricted Burning – 8 February 2018 to 14 April 2018

Harvest and Fire Ban 2017/2018 Season

Harvesting is banned on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Lighting of fires are banned on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

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