Annual Fire Hazard Reduction Notice - Bush Fires Act 1954 - Section 33(1)

04 October 2022

As a measure for preventing the outbreak of a bush fire, or for preventing the spread or extension of a bush fire which may occur, all owners and occupiers of land within the City’s district are required to comply with the
requirements of this notice.

Land zoned ‘Rural’ or ‘Special Rural’
On or before the 1st day in November in each year, all owners or occupiers of land zoned ‘Rural’ or ‘Special Rural’ under the City of Canning Local Planning Scheme No.42 are required to:

a.) Clear the land free of all flammable matter, except for living trees, shrubs, plants, and lawns under cultivation, to a height no greater than 10cm; or

b) Clear a bare earth three (3) metre wide firebreak around all buildings, immediately inside all external boundaries of each lot on the land and within 20 metres of all stockpiled flammable matter by removing all
flammable matter and all vegetation within the three (3) metre wide firebreak between the ground and four (4) metres above the ground so that the firebreak provides unrestricted vehicular access. The firebreaks
must be continuous with no dead ends.

The fire breaks and measures set out above must be maintained up to and including the 30th day of April in the following year.

All other land, that is land which is not zoned ‘Rural’ or ‘Special Rural’
At ALL TIMES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, all owners and occupiers of land zoned other than ‘Rural’ or ‘Special Rural’ under the Scheme are required to clear and maintain the land free of all flammable matter, except for living trees, shrubs, plants and lawns under cultivation, to a height no greater than 10cm.

Flammable Matter
Flammable matter includes, but is not limited to, vegetation (except for living trees, shrubs, plants, and lawns under cultivation), prunings, cardboard, wood, paper, general rubbish and any other combustible
material.

Permission needed to vary requirements
If it is impracticable for any reason to clear firebreaks or to take measures in accordance with this Notice, owners and occupiers may apply in writing to the City for permission to provide firebreaks in alternative locations or take alternative measures.
Unless and until permission in writing is granted by the City, owners and occupiers shall comply with the requirements of this Notice.

Penalty for non-compliance
A person who fails to comply with the requisitions in this notice is guilty of an offence and liable to a penalty of $5,000. In addition, where the owner or occupier of the land fails to comply with a notice given pursuant to section 33(1) of the Bush Fires Act 1954, the City may enter upon the land and carry out the requisitions of the notice which have not been complied with. The City may recover the amount of any costs and expenses incurred in carrying out those requisitions as a debt due from the owner or occupier of the land.

By order of the Council,

Michael Littleton
Chief Executive Officer
City of Canning

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