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 2020
1st November - 15th February 2021
No burning allowed
16th February - 15th March 2021
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.
BUSH FIRES ACT 1954 SHIRE OF KULIN
Notice to all Owners and/or Occupiers of Land within the Shire of Kulin
PURSUANT TO THE POWERS contained in Section 33, you are hereby required on or before 31st October 2020 and thereafter up to and including 15th March 2021 to have a 3 metre firebreak clear of all inflammable material on all rural and townsite rural land owned or occupied by you:
Townsites – area less than 1 hectare
All hazardous material must be removed from the whole of the land except living trees, shrubs and plants. In the remaining area all vegetation is to be maintained to a height of no greater than 100mm, and;
It is recommended that at least a 2m wide area immediately within the external boundaries of the lot, be clear of all flammable material except for living trees, plants and shrubs.”
(Note: any land of one hectare or above - rural provisions apply.)
If it is considered by the owner or occupier to be 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 no later than the 1 September of each year. Such a request must be in writing and include a detailed plan showing the proposed location of firebreaks or of the alterative fire protection methods to be used.
Harvesting Operations - Mobile Fire Fighting Units
An operational mobile engine powered firefighting pump unit with no less than 500 litres of water shall be in attendance during grain harvesting operations. If the unit is trailer mounted the trailer must be attached to a vehicle at all times during harvesting operations and the unit must be in the paddock, or adjoining paddock, where the harvesting operation is being carried out.
Automatic Harvesting Bans
A Harvest Ban will apply automatically on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
If for hardship reasons, it is considered by the owner or occupier to be impossible to clear firebreaks required by this Notice, you may apply to Council or its duly authorised officer for permission to seek alternative options. Claimants of hardship, should do so with sufficient time to allow alternatives to be enacted. Claims of hardship does not automatically exempt owners and occupiers from the requirements of this Notice.
The penalty for failing to comply with this Notice is a fine not exceeding $5000.00. A person in default is also liable, whether prosecuted or not, to pay the cost of the Shire or a contractor performing the work directed in this Notice if it is not carried out by the owner or occupier by the due date. 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.
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.
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.
Vehicle Identifier Stickers are also required to identify private vehicles owned by persons pre-authorised by the Shire of Kulin to enter the fire ground and assist with emergency response operations. New (blue) stickers valid to 30 Sept 2022) are available from Nicole at the Shire office email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is necessary to be covered by Bushfire Insurance.