Fire Abatements & Hazards
Fire Abatement and Hazards
Council is required under the Local Government Act 1993 to conduct a Fire Hazard Abatement Program which aims to control fire hazards on privately owned land.
Property owners have an obligation to ensure their property does not pose a risk to those adjoining their lot.
During spring and summer Council’s Fire Abatement Officers conduct inspections of properties within the municipality. Properties that are inspected are those that have received Abatement Notices in the past and those bought to our attention by the public or Tasmania Fire Service. Consideration is given to the amount of fuel on the ground, type of vegetaion, dryness of the ground and fuels, slope of the site, fencing and other contibuting factors that would deem the property to be a hazard.
How do Abatement Notices work?
If a hazard exists on a property, an Abatement Notice is issued to the owner of that property and sent by Registered Post. This notice instructs the owner what action is to be taken to abate the nuisance and the owner is given a timeframe for the works to be done. If the Registered Mail is not collected within 6 days, a copy of the notice in then placed on the property. If the notice is not complied with within the timeframe specified and no contact has been made with Council then Council must under the legislation engage a contractor to complete the works on the property. The invoice for these works including Council’s fees are then sent to the property owner for payment.
So how do you reasonably prevent movement of fire onto or off your property?
As a Guide:
- GRASS, BLACKBERRIES AND WEED ETC:
- For suburban blocks keep the grass and weeds to at least 75mm over all of the block and poison and remove blackberries. If not done in the past two seasons, remove cut vegetation as well.
- For blocks beside suburban blocks keep the grass and weeds to at least 75mm cut for 5-10 metres from the adjoining boundaries. If not done in the past two seasons remove cut vegetation as well. Poison and remove all blackberries.
- Stocked pastures and crops should be treated the same way, but have a minimum cut for at least 10 metres from boundary. Remember to treat both sides of the fence fairly.
- Remember that fuel accumulates throughout the year. If there is more that the recommended fuel present, and grass is not the major component of the ground fuels, then fire risk is present at any time of the year.
- Trees with trunks greater than 10cm in diameter must remain but remove fuels from the ground, retaining a light mulch layer.
If you are considering removing any trees you must consult with Council first.
Any information regarding fire abatement or potential hazards please contact Council’s Compliance Officer on 03 6376 7900.