Be prepared - firebreak regulations have changed
Landowners in the City of Wanneroo have been advised that fire breaks must now be cleared by 1 November, noting the date has been brought forward by two weeks. Firebreaks will be inspected from 2 November 2018, with minimum clearances increased to 3 metres in width and 3.5 metres above ground level. Bringing forward the date for firebreaks to be installed provides more time to complete remedial works if needed prior to the high-threat summer period. City of Wanneroo Chief Bushfire Control Officer Paul Postma said, under the Bush Fires Act 1954 it is the landowner’s responsibility to install a firebreak and undertake fire hazard management on their property. “Firebreaks are installed for several reasons; critically, they enable firefighters to safely navigate properties under threat, as well as allowing firefighting crews access to the property to slow down the rate of spread of a fire,” he said. Relevant land owners have received communication detailing their responsibilities. Failure to comply will result in the issuing of an infringement notice. Mayor Tracey Roberts said it is vital that landowners are vigilant when it comes to fire hazard management. “Your support in being well-prepared in the event of a bushfire will greatly assist you, your neighbours and firefighters,” she said. For further information, visit wanneroo.wa.gov.au or call 9405 5000.