Fire Prevention on Private Property

Visit the CFA Website for information on preparing your property for the Fire Danger Period

Fire Prevention Inspection Program

The Shire's Fire Prevention Officers inspect properties in the lead-up to summer and during the CFA’s Declared Fire Danger Period to see if there are fire hazards that need to be addressed on private land.  Where fire hazards are identified on private land a statutory Fire Prevention Notice will be issued pursuant to the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 directing works take place to remove the fire hazard within a specified time frame.

Download a copy of the Shire's Fire Prevention Inspection Program Fact Sheet(PDF, 103KB) to learn more about the Program.

Residents who have concerns about fire hazards on private or Council owned land can call the Shire on 1300 850 600.

Fire Prevention Notices

A person named on a Fire Prevention Notice issued by the Shire is responsible for ensuring the work is carried out by the date shown on the Notice. A Fire Prevention Notice only provides the authority to undertake the works specified on the Notice. Additional vegetation removal may require a Planning Permit. If you fail to complete the works listed on the Notice within the time frame you will be issued an infringement for the amount of $1,612 and the Shire will arrange for contractors to complete the works on your property at your expense. In addition to the invoiced amount you will be charged an administration fee of $100. 

If you feel you may be unable to comply with the Fire Prevention Notice within the given time frame, you must call the Shire immediately on 5950 1050. A request for an extension must be received a minimum of three (3) days prior to the compliance date on the Notice. Extensions can only be requested by the person listed on the Notice. 

Fire Management Contractors List

Even if you haven't received a Fire Prevention Notice you should maintain your property in a Fire Ready condition for the entire Fire Danger Period. This may require works, such as slashing, to occur on multiple occasions throughout the Fire Danger Period. A contractor may be required to assist you in the completion of fire management works on your property. If you have received a Fire Prevention Notice and require a contractor to assist you, we recommend booking them early as they can be very busy during the summer period. 

Download the current Fire Management Contractors List(PDF, 403KB)

The Shire does not recommend or endorse any contractor on this list. It is the responsibility of the land owner to ensure the contractor employed is appropriately qualified and insured to undertake the work/s.

Weeds Identification Brochure

This information may be of assistance in identifying weed species listed on your fire prevention notice. This brochure will also provide suggested treatment solutions.

Download: Weeds Brochure(PDF, 2MB)

What Fire Management does the Shire do?

Learn more about the Shire's Fire Management Program.