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FIREBREAK ORDER

Tue, 3 Oct 2017

FIREBREAK ORDER

FIRST AND FINAL NOTICE
Bush Fires Act 1954
Shire of Wyalkatchem
FIREBREAK ORDER
Notice to all owners and/or Occupiers of Land within the Shire of Wyalkatchem.


PURSUANT to the powers contained in Section 33 of the above Act, you are hereby required on or before 1 November 2017 to plough, scarify, cultivate or otherwise clear and thereafter, maintain free of all flammable material until 1 March 2018, firebreaks in the following position and of the following dimensions, on the land owned or occupied by you.
Rural Land
  i. Firebreaks are to be not less than three (3) metres in width around the internal boundary of adjoining properties and on the internal boundary to a road verge;
  ii. That firebreaks be cleared and maintained at least three (3) metres wide within 20 metres of
the perimeter of any building or group of buildings, haystack or bush land, in such manner as to completely encircle the building, haystack or bushland.
Townsite
All Townsite Lots within the Shire of Wyalkatchem are required to be cleared and maintained free of all flammable material.
For the purpose of this section flammable material means dead grass and timber, boxes, cartons, paper and any combustible material or rubbish does not include living trees and shrubs and plants in gardens.
Fuel Dumps and/or Depots
All grass or flammable materials to be cleared from areas where drum ramps are located and where drums, full or empty are stored and such areas are to be maintained free of grass and similar flammable material until 1 March 2018.
For the purpose of this section flammable material means dead grass and timber, boxes, cartons, paper and any combustible material or rubbish does not include living trees and shrubs and plants in gardens.
Prohibited burning period from: 1 November 2017 to 7 February 2018.
Restricted burning period: 19 September 2017 to 31 October 2017 and 8 February 2018 to 22 March 2018.
General Provisions
If it is considered to be impracticable for any reason to provide firebreaks in the position or adhere to the provisions required by this notice, the property owner must request in writing to the CEO for approval to prepare such firebreaks in an alternative position. Approval to any such variation will only, be granted where the Bush Fire Control Officer for the area has first signified his approval for the variation, (Examples of reasons to relocate firebreaks include where there are natural firebreaks or areas prone to soil erosion).
The penalty for failing to comply with this notice is a fine of $250 which may be incurred by, issue of an Infringement Notice, and a person in default is also liable, whether prosecuted or not, to pay the cost performing the work directed in this 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.


Ian McCabe


Chief Executive Officer

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