Fire Break Management

FIREBREAK ORDER BUSHFIRES ACT 1954

 Pursuant to the powers contained in section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, you are hereby required on or before the 1st day of October 2021, to plough, scarify, cultivate, spray or otherwise clear and thereafter maintain free of all inflammable material until the 31st day of March 2022 firebreaks in the following dimensions, on the land owned or occupied by you.

  1. TOWN SITES

1.1        Where the area is 2,000 square metres or less, remove all annual grass and herbage.

1.2        Where the area is greater than 2,000 square metres, construct a firebreak not less than three metres in width immediately inside all external boundaries and immediately surrounding all buildings and/or haystacks situated on the land.

  1. FUEL DUMPS AND/OR DEPOTS

All grass and inflammable material is to be cleared from areas where fuel is stored and such areas are to be maintained free of grass and similar inflammable material until the 31st day of March 2022.

  1. RURAL LAND

Firebreaks of not less than three metres in width:

  1. a)     immediately inside and along the whole external boundaries of the properties owned or occupied by you; and
  2. b)    in such other positions as is necessary to divide the land into areas not exceeding 404 hectares. 

In addition, firebreaks of at least three metres in width are required surrounding, and not more than fifty metres from the perimeter of any building, group of farm buildings, haystack or fuel storage situated on the land.

  1. HARVESTING AND STRAW RAKING, BALING AND CHAINING OPERATIONS

A person shall not operate any harvesting machine or header or undertake straw raking, baling or chaining activities in any crop or paddock during the restricted and prohibited period unless a readily mobile fire fighting unit containing a minimum of 400 litres of water capacity powered by an engine driven pump is in attendance in or adjacent to the entrance of the paddock being harvested, raked, baled or chained.

  1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

The term “Inflammable Material” for the purpose of this notice includes bush (as defined in the Bush Fires Act 1954), timber, boxes, cartons, paper, and the like inflammable materials, rubbish and any combustible matter, but does not include buildings, green standing trees and bushes or growing bushes or plants in gardens or lawns.

If it is considered to be impractical for any reason to provide firebreaks in the position or adhere to the provisions required by this notice, the written approval of a Bush Fire Control Officer must be obtained to prepare such firebreaks in an alternative position.

 If permission is not granted by a duly authorised officer you shall comply with the requirements of this order.

A “Harvesting/Total Vehicle Movement Ban” includes the movement of vehicles in paddocks, except vehicles carrying water to stock and inspecting water supplies to stock.

Harvesting is not permitted on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Harvesting is permitted on all Sundays and other Public Holidays except where a harvesting or movement ban has been imposed due to extreme weather conditions.

 The penalty for failing to comply with this order is a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5000) and a person in default is also liable, whether prosecuted or not, to pay the cost of performing the work directed by this notice, if it is not carried out by the owner or occupier by the date required by this notice.


RESTRICTED BURNING PERIOD

16 September 2021 to 31 October 2022

BURNING PERMIT REQUIRED

 

PROHIBITED BURNING PERIOD

1 November 2021 to 14 February 2022

NO BURNING PERMITTED

 

RESTRICTED BURNING PERIOD

15 February 2022 to 31 March 2022

BURNING PERMIT REQUIRED

 

NO BURNING PERMITTED ON DAYS WHEN VERY HIGH OR EXTREME FIRE DANGER IS FORECAST

Fire Weather information available at www.bom.gov.au -or poll fax 1902 93 5295 -or ABC Regional Radio at 6.40am

 


Fire Break Type

Time FrameTillageChemicalNotes/Comments
OPENING RAIN + 4 WEEKS SPRAY WITH GLYPHOSATE + TRIZINE
AUGUST 1st PLOUGH or SCARIFY or ROTARY HOE FIREBREAKS

CHECK FOR WEED TYPE.

RESPRAY GLYPHOSATE IF NEEDED.

SPRAY BROADLEAF WEEDS IF PRESENT.

240/AMINE/MCPA. AMITROL

AUGUST 1st CRASH GRAZE BY INTRODUCING STOCK TO CONTROL WEED GROWTH ON PROPERTY CRASH GRAZE BY INTRODUCING STOCK TO CONTROL WEED GROWTH ON PROPERTY
SEPTEMBER 15th REWORK BREAKS TO KILL WEEDS
SEPTEMBER 15th SECOND CRASH GRAZING TO REDUCE GRASS HEIGHT SECOND CRASH GRAZING TO REDUCE GRASS HEIGHT
OCTOBER 10th EAST OF THE RAILWAY LINE:
LAST DATE FOR SLASHING, including ROTARY LAWN MOWERS
OCTOBER 20th WEST OF THE RAILWAY LINE:
LAST DATE FOR SLASHING, including ROTARY LAWN MOWERS
NOVEMBER 1st ALL BREAKS MUST BE FULLY PREPARED AND GRASS GROWTH CONTROLLED ALL BREAKS MUST BE FULLY PREPARED AND GRASS GROWTH CONTROLLED
  • BEWARE OF ALL PETROL CARS IN LONG GRASS
  • CATALYTIC CONVERTERS OPERATE AT EXTREME TEMPERATURES AND WILL LIGHT ANY GRASS THAT MAKES CONTACT.