Fire restrictions have begun in Mitchell Shire, meaning anyone wishing to burn off on a residential property needs a permit from council.
The fire restrictions began on Sunday and will continue until the CFA Fire Danger Period is declared, which is usually in late October.
Once the CFA Fire Danger Period is declared, burning off permits will not be issued.
Permits are now needed for residential, urban growth areas less than 0.4 hectares and semi-rural areas to burn a windrow, stump, log or vegetation with a diameter greater than 75 mm.
A windrow is any combustible or inflammable material, including garden refuse, tree matter and household rubbish (unless listed as not allowed) that is stored in an area of more than two cubic metres.
However, there are other ways of reducing fuel around properties, with residents able to drop off green waste at council’s resource recovery centres for free during weekends in November.
Green waste can be dropped off at the centres all year round, however fees will apply outside of November.
Natural wood and tree branches (under 300 mm diameter) and grass clippings will need to be sorted from non-green waste items before
Restrictions: If you plan to burn off on your property, you must obtain a permit from council.
arrival and green waste must be free of declared noxious weeds so it can be reused as mulch.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was important residents applied for a permit if they still needed to burn off to ensure community safety.
‘‘This time of year is prone to warm temperatures and high winds and the last thing we want is for a burn-off to get out of control and spread, creating a larger fire,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘If people flout the law and burn off without a permit, they also risk some fairly hefty infringement penalties, with a maximum fine of $1000 for those caught doing the wrong thing.’’
Cr Sanderson said the fire restrictions were a timely reminder for people to get their properties in order ahead of the fire season.
‘‘Council encourages people to take some simple measures such as keeping grass trimmed below 200 mm, raking up leaves and removing overhanging branches and leaf litter from roofs and gutters to ensure their homes are best prepared for the upcoming fire season,’’ she said.
Council will begin conducting property inspections from midOctober.
To apply for a permit to burn off during council’s fire restriction period, visit or drop in to a Customer and Library Service Centre.