On-the-spot fire penalty

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

A $1000 on-the-spot fine has been in­tro­duced as part of To­tal Fire Ban breaches.

The State Gov­ern­ment is in­tro­duc­ing the new penalty as a de­ter­rent.

In a state­ment from Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Fran­cis Lo­gan, 76 fires were started last bush­fire sea­son on To­tal Fire Ban days when peo­ple ig­nored the rule and un­der­took

ac­tiv­i­ties such as burn-offs, camp fires and us­ing ma­chin­ery that caused sparks like an­gle grind­ing or weld­ing.

The De­part­ments of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices and Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions, the po­lice and lo­cal gov­ern­ments all have the author­ity to is­sue the penal­ties.

Re­peat of­fend­ers can also face fines of up to $25,000 and/or 12 months in prison.

Visit emer­gency.wa.gov.au or call the To­tal Fire Ban hot­line

on 1800 709 355 to find out if a to­tal ban is in ef­fect.

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