The Kulin Shire Council exists to sustain, improve and develop the Kulin region through the provision and facilitation of infrastructure, services and opportunities in a manner which will instill community pride while giving a vibrant, socially and economically sustainable environment for businesses and families.
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Restricted and prohibited burning periods
19th September - 31st October
1st November - 28th February
No burning allowed
1st March - 15th March
No permits shall be issued to set fire to bush during the prohibited burning period except for reasons as specified under the Bush Fires Act.
When a Bush Fire Control Officer refuses to issue a permit, he must advise the Chief Executive Officer that the permit has been refused and details of the grounds for refusal to ensure that a permit is not obtained from another officer.
All Owners and/or Occupiers of Land within the Shire of Kulin are guided by the Bush Fires Act 1954.
Pursuant to the powers contained in Section 33 of the above Act, you are hereby required on or before 31st October and thereafter up to and including 15th March to have a 3 metre firebreak clear of all inflammable material on all rural and townsite land owned or occupied by you:
If it is considered by the owner or occupier of the land that it is impractical to clear firebreaks to comply with this notice due to soil erosion, the spread of salinity or for any other reason, a request for a variation may be made to the Council not later than the 1 September of each year.
Such a request must be in writing and include a detailed farm plan showing the proposed location of firebreaks or of the alterative fire protection methods to be used. If such a variation is not approved then the landowner shall comply with the requirements of this notice.
If it is considered to be impractical for any reasons to clear firebreaks as required by this notice, you may apply to Council or its duly authorised officer for permission to provide firebreaks in alternative positions on the land. If the Council, or its duly authorised officer does not grant permission, you shall comply with the requirements of this notice. The penalty for failing to comply with this notice is a fine not exceeding $5000.00 and a person in default is also liable, whether prosecuted or not, to pay the cost of performing the work directed in this notice if it is not carried out by the owner or occupier by the date required by this notice. If the requirements of this notice are carried out by burning, such burning must be in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Bush Fires Act.
An application to use chemicals on road reserves for firebreak protection must be submitted to the Chief Executive Officer for approval.
No roadside burning is allowed by any persons within the Shire without the approval of the Council. Anybody who is found to have burnt any roadside vegetation or reserve vested in the Shire, either deliberately, by neglect or carelessness as per the Bush Fires Act 1954, may be made to pay the cost of spraying or re-vegetating the area.
No fires in large open areas are to be lit in the townsite unless a town Fire Control Officer is advised of the intention to burn.
Owners of town blocks can arrange, through the Shire Offices, to have vacant blocks sprayed, slashed, grazed or burnt to clear town lots. Phone the Shire Office on 9880 1204 for further information.
From the start of the restricted burning time to the end of Easter, no person is allowed to light a fire on a Sunday or Public Holiday.
Stubble burning, subject to normal permit, will be allowed on Sundays after 1st March.
If you attend a fire as a firefighter you should wear boots and overalls or long sleeved shirt and long trousers (non flammable cotton type).
FCO's: please ensure all persons likely to attend fires over 16 years of age are registered as brigade members. Non-brigade members have to be authorised to attend a fire by the FCO in charge.
This is necessary to be covered by Bushfire Insurance.
For more information please contact us.