Notice to Owners and Occupiers of land within the City of Kalamunda
Download the Fire Hazard Reduction Notice (2023/2024)
The works outlined below must be completed
by 1 November 2023 and maintained in this state up to
and including 31 March 2024. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Work orders will be issued from 1 November 2023
Pursuant to Section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 (WA), the City of Kalamunda (City) gives written notice to act as specified in this notice to land that you own and/or occupy and with respect to any matter which is upon the land that you own and/or occupy
within the City.
Failure or neglect to comply with this notice is an offence and can result in a penalty of up to $5000.
The City’s Community Bushfire Preparedness Officers are authorised under the Bush Fires Act 1954 (WA) (Act) and have powers to enter land pursuant to Section 14 of the Act. The City advises that its officers, servants, workmen, contractors, vehicles, machinery, and appliances (as the officers deem fit) may carry out the requisitions of this notice that are not complied with by 1 November each year,
and any costs and expenses incurred may be recovered from you as the owner and/or occupier of the land.
Reduce and/or maintain all dead flammable material below 8 tonne per hectare (see definition FUEL LOAD).
Slash, mow, or trim unmanaged grasses or dead grasses/weeds, dead shrubs, and dead plants to a height no greater than 50mm.
Clean Gutter Debris
Gutters, roofs, and walls of all buildings to be free of flammable matter and maintained.
Maintain a fuel reduced zone around all buildings or assets which extends 20 metres from the outermost point of the building or asset.
Fire Breaks are to be installed or upgraded to:
Maintained, reticulated living lawns that are kept completely green is acceptable in conjunction with, or in lieu of a fire break/s (see definition FIRE BREAK).
If you know, suspect or are unsure whether you live at a property with environmental sensitivities or you plan to clear part of your property you MUST enquire first with the relevant agencies or departments prior to starting any works.
There is legislation in place to protect the environment and land in Western Australia and without prior approval or authorisation you may face penalties.
Download Guide for applying the Bushfire Risk Treatment Standards appendix 1 to
identify which agency you may need to contact.
All properties and/or land subject to a Bushfire Management Plan, Emergency Management Plan, or an approved Bushfire Attack Level assessment (BAL), as a result of subdivision, development application or a City approved treatment plan, must comply with the listed requirements in their entirety. Compliance with any additional plans does not constitute compliance with this Notice.
Any property subject to environmental and heritage value such as, but not limited to, Threatened Ecological Communities (TEC), Bush Forever sites, Declared Rare Flora and Fauna (DRF) sites and Aboriginal heritage sites, etc. should seek further information about what can or cannot be done prior to carrying out requirements under this Notice.
From 1 November until 31 March each year, all landowners and/or residents are subject to a fire hazard assessment against the Fire Hazard Reduction Notice by a Community Bushfire Preparedness Officer.
Officers aim to strategically assess properties across all suburbs within the City. After a fire hazard assessment is completed and fire hazards have been identified by the Community Bushfire Preparedness Officer, you may receive a work order which will outline the actions that need taking.
If you have any questions regarding property preparedness or regarding your work order, contact the City.
Landowners and/or occupiers can engage a contractor to conduct works as outlined on the current Fire Hazard Reduction Notice. It is the landowner and/or occupier’s responsibility to ensure the work is being completed in full and to the requirements on the Notice. It is suggested that the landowner and/or occupier advise the City that a contractor has been booked with the start and end dates to ensure compliance.
The City of Kalamunda has a Contractor List available that has been prepared to assist residents in the City of Kalamunda to meet their obligations as property owners and is for information only.NOTE: The City accepts no liability, nor endorses or recommends any of the contractors on this list.View/Download current Contractor List
The Notice is distributed and available:
Property owners and residents are encouraged to read the Notice in full and keep it on hand in preparation for the fire hazard assessments that commence from 1 November each year.
A strip of land free of all flammable and combustible material with the intention of preventing the outbreak of a bush fire and provides a visible safe access on the property for emergency vehicles and other firefighting operations. It is acceptable to install a firebreak around naturally occurring obstacles. Fire breaks may be constructed by one or more of the following methods: ploughing, cultivating, scarifying, raking, chemical spraying, or another method as approved by an Authorised Officer.
Can be live and dead vegetation that accumulates over time. This Notice refers only to dead vegetation.
Fine fuels include = leaf litter, grasses, weeds, twigs (up to 6mm diameter), bark etc.
Heavy (course) fuels include = branches, logs, stumps etc.
If you consider it impractical to meet a requirement/s of this Notice, you may apply to the City for a variation no later than 1 October 2023. An administration fee of $150 applies for all applications received after 1 October 2023.
Note: A variation is not an exemption but an application to employ alternative methods of property preparedness to land that you own and/or occupy.
If your application is not granted you must comply with all requirements outlined in the Fire Hazard Reduction Notice 2023/2024.
Find out more here about variations and how to apply here.
Contact City of Kalamunda Community Bushfire Preparedness team on (08) 9257 9999 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Whadjuk Noongar People as the Custodians of this land. We also pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past, present and future who have and continue to reside in the area and have been an integral part of the history of this region.