Protecting our community from bush fires is a shared responsibility, and we all need to work together to reduce the risk of bush fire. The Shire of Lake Grace issues a Fire Management Notice each year that contains the details of how land owners and occupiers must prepare their property for the fire season.
Depending on the size of your property, you may need to install and maintain firebreaks and reduce the amount of flammable material that is on your land.
All habitable buildings should also be surrounded by an Asset Protection Zone that will help your home from damage or destruction if a bush fire happens.
Permits are free, but you must make sure that there is no danger of the fire escaping and that you comply with all the conditions that are listed on the permit.
You must also check the fire danger rating for the district for the day you are planning to burn. If the forecast fire danger rating is very high, extreme, or catastrophic, your permit is automatically suspended.
The Fire Management Notice is issued under section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, and is a legal order issued by the Shire.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Guidelines for Plantation Fire Protection have been adopted by the Shire of Lake Grace as the standard required to be met by plantation owners in order to comply with the Shire's Fire Management Requirements.
These guidelines aim to provide a set of best practice fire protection standards for plantations that aim to protect human life and local community interests, while minimising fire risk to plantation assets.
If you are not able to comply with the requirements listed in the Notice, you will need to apply for a Variation to Requirements by 15 October 2020.
Please return your completed form to the Shire:
The Fire Management Notice is issued under section 33 of the Bush Fire Act 1954, and non-compliance with the requirement of the Fire Management Notice may incur a $250 fine or a maximum penalty of $5,000. The Shire of Lake Grace, or a contractor engaged by the Shire, may enter your land to install the fire break or reduce fuel loads and you will be charged for expenses incurred.
Guidelines-for-Plantation-Fire-Protection-2011-final.pdf | pdf | 3 MB | Last Changed: 20/07/2020 4:24pm
Variation-to-Fire-Management-Requirements-Application-Form.pdf | pdf | 687 KB | Last Changed: 20/07/2020 11:16am
Fire-Management-Notice-2020-Web.pdf | pdf | 1.5 MB | Last Changed: 20/07/2020 10:05am