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Fire and flood preparation work request

With the summer fire season approaching, property owners living in metro Melbourne (or any regional LGA's in lockdown) can now apply for a travel exemption into Mitchell Shire for the purpose of preparing their property for the fire season.

Travel can be undertaken from 11 October 2021 onwards.

How to apply for a travel exemption into Mitchell Shire

Step 1: prepare your proof of eligibility

  • you will be asked to provide the property number (can be found on your rates notice)
  • your name is on the rates notice or you have an affiliation with the property
  • if your name is not on the rates notice, you will need to provide a statement from the property owner stating that you are an immediate family member; or
  • if company land, provide proof that you are the director/owner

Step 2: complete an online application

Please consider that you may be able to visit your property after the 5th of November anyway, as this is the indicative date under the Roadmap to re-opening for Regional and Metro areas to come together under the same rules.

FAQs

Can I travel to prepare my property for fires, flood or storms?

If you live in regional Victoria and are not in a restricted area, you can travel to a second property, holiday home or business in regional Victoria if it is not in a Restricted Area, to prepare it for an emergency. You must comply with local restrictions.

If you live in metropolitan Melbourne or a Restricted Area and own property in regional Victoria, you can only travel to that property if Council has issued you with a permit or a Fire Prevention Notice requiring you to undertake fire preparedness work at your property. You should consider travel to your second property for emergency preparation as a last resort. You are strongly encouraged to use local contractors and businesses to prepare your second property.

If you are unable to use contractors, you can only travel to your regional property to prepare it for an emergency if the council has issued a permit, or a Fire Prevention Notice legally requiring you to undertake fire preparedness activities.

When travelling you must remember that all restrictions travel with you.

This means that if you live in metropolitan Melbourne and your property is in regional Victoria then the Second Step restrictions travel with you. You must also comply with any additional restrictions of your local council in your letter of support.

I have been issued with a Fire Prevention Notice. Can I travel to my property?

Yes.

You should visit your property to undertake the necessary work to respond to the Fire Prevention Notice. You should only leave your property to remove waste or collect pre-purchased materials. Removing waste includes depositing debris at a landfill site, or a waste transfer station or a recycling centre.

When you leave home, you must wear a face mask unless you have a lawful exception for not doing so, and observe all other COVIDSafe requirements including gathering limits, physical distancing and good hygiene.

Do I need any evidence to show police I am travelling to my property to prepare it for emergencies?

Yes. If you are travelling outside a Restricted Area, you will need to show the Fire Prevention Notice or permit (hardcopy or electronic) you received from the local council where your property is located, as evidence of your reason for travel.

Can I take my partner/family/friend with me to help prepare my property?

If you live in a Restricted Area you may only nominate members of your immediate family or household to assist you. When you apply to Council, you may nominate members of your household (provided you are permitted to gather with them under the restrictions) to help you prepare your property for emergencies.

If your travel is approved by Council, the letter of support issued will provide details of the household or immediate family members you have nominated to assist you in preparing your property for emergencies. Anyone travelling with you must be from your household and you must have provided their names and details to the local council when you applied for travel.

Can I travel to help family/friends prepare their property for emergencies?

If you live in metropolitan Melbourne or another Restricted Area, you cannot travel to regional Victoria to help family or friends prepare their property, unless you provide care or support to them because they have particular needs including age, infirmity, disability, illness, chronic health condition or matters relating to health.

If you live in regional Victoria you cannot travel to help family members or friends prepare their property if it is in metropolitan Melbourne or a Restricted Area, unless you provide care or support to them.

We encourage people to engage local contractors and businesses to help undertake critical preparedness works.

Can I stay at my second property once I finish preparing it for emergencies?

No. If you reside in a Restricted Area, your permit from Council will specify a timeframe in which the works must be completed (generally 72 hours) and you must return to your primary place of residence within this timeframe.

If you do not complete the required works within the specified timeframe, you are required to return to your primary place of residence and reapply for a second permit.

Can I travel to my property to check if it has been damaged by an emergency?

You can travel to check your property or business, but it is recommended that you first request your neighbours or friends to check on your property to advise you of any damage.

You can travel to repair damage caused by an emergency to your property or business. Carry with you evidence of property ownership and of damage (such as photos or an insurance claim).

My property has been damaged by an emergency, can I travel to undertake repairs?

Yes, you can travel to your second property, holiday home or business to repair damage caused by an emergency.

Carry evidence of property ownership and of damage (such as photos or insurance claim).

Ensure that your stay at your property is limited to doing the emergency repairs. Remain at your property unless you need to leave it to remove waste or collect pre-purchased materials.

Can I travel to the tip to deposit debris as part of preparing my property?

Yes, if you live in a Restricted Area or your property is a Restricted Area then landfills and waste transfer sites are permitted to open to residential customers for disposing of bushfire preparation materials.

Check our Resource Recovery Centres page to find out if they are open for the purposes of preparing properties for an emergency.

For more information on these restrictions, please visit the Coronavirus Victoria website.

This page was last updated on 7 October 2021.