Per­mit needed

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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