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Published Tuesday 25 September 2018
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Public Notice - What are the laws about burning off in Mitchell from the Monday 1 October?

Mitchell Shire Council’s Local Law No 1, Community and Environment 2013, Part 3 Amenity, Local Law number 27, Open Air Burning, 27.1.

An owner or occupier of land may burn off in the open air for the purposes of reducing fuel loads on that land in accordance with the following table provided that:-

(a) VicFire is notified beforehand; and

(b) a burn off is disallowed or not permitted to continue on days of total fire ban, smog alert days or during CFA declared Fire Danger Period

Residential areas, Urban Growth areas (less than 0.4 hectare or 1 acre) and Semi Rural areas – Allowed to burn off on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10am and 3pm from the end of the declared Fire Danger Period until the commencement of the declared Fire Danger Period each year. A permit is required outside of these days and times.

Rural areas – Allowed to burn off any day of the week from the end of the declared Fire Danger Period until the commencement of the declared Fire Danger Period each year.

All areas from 1 October each year to the commencement of the declared Fire Danger Period – A permit is required to burn a windrow*, stump, log or vegetation with a diameter greater than 75mm.

*Windrow means an accumulation of felled, fallen, cleared trees or any other vegetation.

Please refer to Local Law Areas (detailed mapping to find out which Local Law Area your property is located in is available at www.mitchell.pozi.com);

All open air burning requires notification to VicFire on 1800 668 511. Fires are not to be lit on days of Total Fire Ban, Smog Alert days or during the CFA declared Fire Danger Period.

Please Note: Council does not issue Fire Permits during the CFA declared Fire Restriction Period.

Environmental advice for maintaining and managing native grasses is available via different publications available at www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

CFA also offer advice for preparing your property for bushfire. Some helpful information is available at www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Further information can be found at www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au or by calling the Local Laws Unit on 5734 6200.