Backyard burning prohibited in residential areas
Backyard burning in residential areas of the Shire is prohibited.
At the November 2006 Council meeting it was resolved that all backyard burning in residential areas of the Shire would be prohibited. Burning is permitted in rural and rural residential areas subject to requirements of the Rural Fires Act and Regulations. This brings Council in line with the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation which aims to prevent air pollution from fires.
There are a number of exemptions which allow burning in residential area which include;
- A fire for cooking, recreation and for fire fighting instruction.
- Burning of vegetation for agricultural operations or
- A fire for the purposes for instruction of fire fighting.
- Bushfire hazard reduction work under the Rural Fires Act
Persons wishing to burn in residential area will need to apply in writing to Council and permission will only be given where there are no other viable alternatives.
For further information about the control of burning regulations contact Council's Environment and Open Spaces on 6643 0200.