Published on 28 September 2020
Mornington Peninsula Shire will again ease burn off restrictions on small properties throughout October 2020 to allow residents to burn off for fire prevention purposes.
For the month of October 2020, Open Air Burning is permitted only on Fridays and Saturdays between 9am and 4pm on land between 500 and 1500 square metres, provided that:
The easing of restrictions for land less than 1500 square metres aims to assist owners of smaller properties to reduce fine fuel in the lead up to the fire season.
For many people, burning-off vegetation is an effective way to prepare and maintain properties.
Smoke from burning off activities undertaken incorrectly may impact human health and the environment, and can also cause environmental nuisance, particularly in populated areas.
It can present a health risk to vulnerable groups such as people with asthma, people with pre-existing respiratory or cardiac conditions, the elderly and young children.
As we are all currently in the Coronavirus pandemic, an illness that affects the respiratory system, it is important to consider this before burning off.
Coronavirus has had a significant impact on all of us, please consider the potential impacts of smoke on your neighbours if you must burn off and have no alternative to remove vegetation.
We are encouraging all residents to think twice about whether you need to burn off this year, or whether it is something that can wait. Before burning off, make sure to speak to your neighbours and include them in your decision.
If you do decide to go ahead this year, to ensure you are burning off correctly and safely here is some simple advice to guide you:
All residents undertaking Open Air Burning must also always follow the General Fire Safety Provisions:
Outside of October, Open Air Burning is prohibited on properties smaller than 1500 square metres.
Open Air Burning regulations for land more than 1500 square metres and more than 40,000 square metres remain the same.
For more information on the Open Air Burning Local Law for October 2020 visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/openairburning or phone the Environment Protection Unit on 5950 1050.
To see if your property is within a Bushfire Prone Area visit mapshare.vic.gov.au/vicplan.