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Fire safety on the land
If you're a farmer or live on a rural property, there
are a few important things that will substantially
reduce the fire risk on your land:
• Reduce the height and proximity of fuel
loads, including long grass and weeds, from
around farm assets such as buildings, sheds
• Remove and/or control noxious weeds such
as gorse in fenced-off areas
• Slashing, mowing and grazing
• Spraying herbicide
• Controlled burns or creating fire breaks (at
least three metres wide) along fence lines
Remember, one spark into long dry grass is all it
takes to start a fire.
How to make a Bushfire Survival Plan:
• Visit the CFA's website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au to
obtain a FireReady Kit or find out more about
planning workshops or Permits to Burn.
Want more information?
• Contact the City of Ballarat at 5320 5500 to
speak to the Fire Prevention Officer or Local
Laws Officer about Permits to Burn.
• Visit www.ballarat.vic.gov.au for general
Before you undertake a controlled burn, check to
see if you need a permit.
Within the declared Fire Restriction Period
The CFA Act requires that you obtain a Permit to
Burn before burning off. Permits are issued either
by the City of Ballarat's Fire Prevention Officer or
Outside of the Fire Restriction Period
The requirements and conditions relating to
lighting fires in the open are specified under
Council's Local Law 17 (Section 3.8.1).
Under this law, a Permit to Burn must be obtained
if you wish to light a fire or allow one to remain
alight in the open air or in an incinerator on any
land less than half an acre or 0.2 hectare in
size within an urban residential area or township
City of Ballarat takes action
The City of Ballarat is busy preparing for the
fire season. A variety of teams work together
to make sure residents are best placed in the
event of an emergency.
Fire season preparations
• Strategic fire control lines will be cut and
maintained during the Fire Danger Period
These roads are strategically identified by
the Municipal Fire Management Planning
Committee to assist with stopping the spread
of a fire.
• Rural roadside slashing
This is primarily for road safety but also assists
in fire prevention.
• Reserves and open spaces are slashed
• Monitors and maintains all City of
Ballarat-managed fire access tracks
• Designates and maintains strategically
placed static water supplies to assist the
• Under the Electrical Safety Act, the City
inspects for hazardous trees.
What is the City of Ballarat's role in fire
The City of Ballarat, under the CFA Act, must
regularly inspect all properties within the
municipality for potential fire risks.
Where these are found, the City will issue a
Fire Prevention Notice to the property owner or
occupier directing that the hazard be removed.
These inspections are currently underway.
What if I receive a Fire Prevention Notice?
You should act quickly to remove the fire hazard
within the timeframe specified on the Notice.
A Fire Prevention Notice is a legally enforceable
directive under the CFA Act.
Failure to comply could lead to substantial fines
or, in serious cases, imprisonment. Infringement
starts at $1,408 and legal proceedings may
occur resulting in fines up to $17,000 and/or
12 months imprisonment.
These penalties are declared in the Country
Fire Authority Act 1958 (Section 41).
Want to know more about Fire Prevention
Call the City of Ballarat's Fire Prevention Officer
at 5320 5568.
Making a plan
The City of Ballarat works closely with all
emergency services in the preparation for
the fire season and maintains the Municipal
Fire and Emergency Management Plans.
The City conducts community education in
conjunction with the CFA and has supported the
development and implementation of Township
Protection Plans in high fire risk areas.
In the event of emergency...
• A Municipal Emergency Coordination
Centre will be activated on Code Red days
and may be activated in the event of a fire
• Under the Fire Management Plan,
Council has identified and designated
Neighbourhood Safer Places -- Place of
• The City of Ballarat will assist in recovery
operations following a fire
• It activates and supports emergency relief
centres as required
Preparing the City of Ballarat
information about fire preve
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