Residents are reminded that the Restricted Burning Period is in effect from 1 October until midnight 30 November 2017 inclusive and Burning Permits must be obtained from the City of Kalamunda to burn garden refuse during the day up until 6pm.
This notice is given pursuant to the powers vested in local government under Section 18 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 as amended.
From 6pm to 11pm residents can burn small 1 x 1m piles of garden waste without a permit, except on days of VERY HIGH or above.
CEO Rhonda Hardy said, “With the Restricted Burning Period currently in affect, all residents wishing to burn during the day must obtain a Burning Permit from the City.”
“Restricted Burning times may also be varied due to seasonal changes. Due to seasonal weather conditions permits may not be issued in some instances or further conditions imposed at the discretion of the Fire Control Officer,” she said.
“Residents are also reminded of the importance to notify your neighbours prior to undertaking any burning of garden refuse.”
“All residential properties within the City of Kalamunda come under the current Firebreak and Fuel Load Notice 2017/2018 which means everyone is also required to check the hazard reduction status on their property.”
“All preparation needs to be completed by 1 November and the City’s Fire Hazard Inspectors are currently undertaking pre-inspections, so please do your part and be prepared.”
Owners of land less than 5000 square metres with a building on it are required to: have all flammable matter slashed, mowed or trimmed down by other means to a height no greater than 50mm across the entire property (living trees, shrubs, plants and lawn under cultivation are excepted); install a firebreak immediately inside all external boundaries of the property unless the property is maintained clear of flammable matter by slashing and mowing or maintaining living garden beds or lawn; ensure the roofs, gutters, walls of all buildings on the land are free of flammable matter (driveways must also be maintained to these conditions); and install and maintain an Asset Protection Zone in accordance with the requirements set out in Part 4 of the Notice.
In addition to these requirement owners of land greater than 5000 square metres with a building on it are must also comply with these requirement must provide a bare earth firebreaks three (3) metres wide along all boundaries of land.
Failure to meet the minimum requirements of the City of Kalamunda 2017/2018 Firebreak and Fuel Load Notice, issued under Section 33(1) of the Bush Fires Act 1954, may result in an infringement notice being issued. To avoid any penalties residents need to prepare their property as required.
The City of Kalamunda is also encouraging residents to have a ‘Fire Chat’ using the new DFES toolkit. The 5 minute Fire Chat area to have a fire chat to discuss three key questions with family and friends or to discuss with their neighbours if they live alone:
- When will you know to leave?
- Where will you go?
- Which way will you go?
Via our website here
Residents can arrange a free onsite meeting with the Senior Community Bushfire Safety Officer by phoning 9257 9999, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City and DFES have created various tools to assist your household getting prepared for the bushfire season - find out more here
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