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Fire prevention in the City
Council, the Country Fire Authority and the Department of Sustainability
and Environment are continuing to work together to ensure our municipality
is prepared for the fire season.
The high temperatures experienced in November are likely to continue
throughout summer. Residents should have prepared their properties and
have a bushfire survival plan in place.
MUNICIPAL FIRE PREVENTION PLAN
Council recently adopted its Municipal Fire Prevention Plan, which is
required to be prepared and maintained under the Country Fire Authority
The plan identifies high risk environments and outlines a series of actions
and methods for reducing risk. These actions include slashing, controlled
burns, environmental management, community awareness, education and
FIRE PREVENTION NOTICES
Council is urging owners of vacant land or rental properties in the
municipality to check their land for potential fire hazards. Grass, weeds or
undergrowth should be cleared or cut to a height not exceeding 10
centimetres and this should be maintained throughout the fire danger period.
Council officers have been busy carrying out property inspections and
issuing fire prevention notices to landholders whose properties are
considered hazardous. These notices are issued in accordance with the
Country Fire Authority Act 1958.
If a landowner fails to comply with a fire prevention notice Council is
required to carry out the works specified in the notice and all associated
costs will be charged to the property owner.
The fire danger period commenced on Monday 30 November. During this
period residents must obtain a permit to burn in the open air.
TOWNSHIP PROTECTION PLANS
The Ballarat suburbs of Mt Helen and Mt Clear have been identified by the
CFA as areas of high bushfire risk. Township Protection Plans have been
developed for both of these locations.
The plans provide township-specific information to enable residents/visitors
and emergency services to make a quick, informed and planned response
to a fire. They contain a map with specific information including locations
of roads, police, fire stations and schools.
The plans have been completed and information will be distributed to all
residents and businesses in Mt Helen and Mt Clear.
NEIGHBOURHOOD SAFER PLACES
The State Government has introduced legislation that makes it compulsory
for Neighbourhood Safer Places to be included in Municipal Fire Prevention
and emergency management plans.
Neighbourhood Safer Places are areas of last resort in the event of a fire.
They are a back up plan when a survival plan cannot be implemented or
They are not designed to be used for all day relocation. There will be few
comforts and services available and they will offer minimal protection
against radiant heat and embers.
Neighbourhood Safer Places are being finalised for both the Mt Clear and
Mt Helen areas as part of their individual Township Protection Plans.
At the time of going to print these locations where yet to be confirmed.
Once confirmed, residents will be advised of these locations.
TOURISTS AND TOURISM OPERATORS
Tourism operators in the Mt Clear and Mt Helen areas should have received
a Crisis Essentials booklet from Tourism Victoria recently.
This guide aims to provide essential information to tourism businesses
about how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a crisis event.
This booklet is also available at Ballarat's Visitor Information Centres.
For further information on preparing for the fire season residents are
encouraged to visit the CFA website www.cfa.vic.gov.au
Above: Mt Clear has been identified as a high risk bushfire area. Image courtesy
of The Courier
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