All owners of vacant land or property owners in a bushfire prone area in the City of Rockingham have been encouraged to check they comply with the City’s Fire Control Notice 2018-2019.

A fire control notice outlines the fire prevention measures property owners are required by law to undertake. The notice plays an important role in preventing or limiting the outbreak of bushfires, and penalties can apply if notices are not followed.

About 11,000 fire control notices have been sent to residents across the City, who have until 30 November 2018 to carry out fire prevention works on their property.

As part of a state-wide effort to reduce the risk of harm to our community caused by unplanned fires, the fire control notice now covers all land, both developed and undeveloped, within bushfire prone areas in the City, regardless of zoning.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said compliance inspections of properties would begin on 3 December 2018.

“The City of Rockingham is home to a large number of areas that are prone to bushfires so it is vital that residents who receive a fire control notice carry out the work that is required to ensure they comply,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Following the necessary steps now will make it easier for our emergency services to fight fires should they arise. It will also provide an increased level of safety for residents whose lives may be at risk should a fire occur.”

From 1 October until 30 November the City will also enter the restricted burning period. All rural and semi-rural property owners/occupiers who want to carry out a hazard reduction burn will require a permit.

For more information on the fire control notice, permits to burn or how to best prepare for a bushfire, contact the City on 9528 0333 or visit the City’s fire control webpage.

 

 

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