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The start of the 2021-22 bushfire season is only just over a month away and landowners of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River are asked to start property preparations now.
Depending on the property type, preparations could include cleaning gutters, removing excessive ground fuels, maintaining fire break clearances and reducing vegetation to achieve asset protection zones around buildings.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River Ranger Coordinator Naz Graue said the 2021-22 Firebreak Notice Requirements and Bushfire Information booklet specified the exact standards landowners were required to achieve under legislation.
“Please read the recently advertised 2021-22 Firebreak Notice requirements to determine exactly what preparation works you need to complete,” she said.
Ms Graue encouraged property owners to contact Rangers on 9780 5695 before 1 November 2021, if a variation to the Notice is required. Rangers are enthusiastic and dedicated to assist property owners to ensure compliance is met and properties are ready for the upcoming fire season.
“For smaller properties it may suit to complete manual clearing and dispose of all dry hazardous material at a waste management facility”.
“Larger properties may need to conduct a large pile burn or possibly require a hazard reduction burn”.
Ms Graue reminded landowners that 9 November 2021 marks the beginning of the Spring/Summer Restricted Burning Period when Permits are required to burn.
The next key date is 30 November 2021, which is the deadline for properties to be completely compliant to Fire Notice requirements.
From 1 December 2021, Rangers will commence property inspections, therefore please ensure your property is compliant to avoid further enforcement measures to be carried out by the Rangers.
“The lead up to Christmas always seems to be a busy time of year and property preparedness can be a big job, particularly for larger lots,” she said.
“Our advice is to start early, complete works incrementally, and then it’s not so overwhelming”.
Ms Graue encouraged anyone with questions about the Firebreak Notice to contact Rangers well in advance of fire season preparedness deadlines at [email protected] or on 9780 5695.
The Firebreak Notice is available for viewing at www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/services/community-safety/firebreak-notice-requirements-and-bushfire-information-202122
Where compliance with requirements specified in the Notice is not practical due to individual considerations and constraints, owners may apply for a Variation to the Firebreak Notice.
The Shire encourages applications for Variations to the Firebreak Notice to be submitted prior to 1 November 2021 to ensure compliance activities are carried out by 1 December 2021.
Any requests after 1 November 2021 will incur a fee of $150. Application forms can be found on the Shire’s website at www.amrshire.wa.gov.au.
Owners and occupiers who believe that compliance with the Firebreak Notice may require the removal of habitat trees or have an effect on rare flora/fauna, should arrange an early inspection by appointment to discuss opportunities for Variations.
Inspections by appointment may also be requested for reasons including biosecurity, locked gates and dangerous animals, or for explanation on the requirements of the Notice.
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