Fire Hazard Reduction Notice

Bushfire Act 1954 Section 33

Notice to Owners and/or Occupiers of land situated within the City of Kalamunda

Landowners and Occupiers are required to comply with the 2019/2020 Fire Hazard Reduction Notice by 1 November 2019 through to the 31 March 2020.

For further information on how the City administers the Fire Hazard Assessment notice refer to Fire Hazard Assessment Plan, which is reviewed annually.

The onus is on the Landowner and Occupier to ensure that their property is maintained to the standard throughout the compliance period.

PERSONS WHO FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE NOTICE MAY BE ISSUED WITH AN INFRINGEMENT NOTICE PENALTY ($250.00) OR PROSECUTED WITH AN INCREASED PENALTY (MAXIMUM PENALTY $5,000). ADDITIONALLY, THE CITY OF KALAMUNDA MAY CARRY OUT THE REQUIRED WORK AT COST TO THE OWNER/OCCUPIER.

DFES: Are you Ready?

All land with an area of less than 4000 square metres
All land with a total area of 4000 square metres or more

Variation to the Fire Hazard Reduction Notice

If you consider, for any reason, that it is impractical to meet the requirements as per the current Notice, you may apply to request authorisation to employ other methods of fire prevention on your land.
Find out more here about variations here.

Reduction Notice Defintions

FIREBREAK SPECIFICATIONS

  • Must be not less than 3 metres wide immediately inside and along all boundaries (including on boundaries adjacent to roads, rail and drain reserves and all public open space reserves.
  • Must be not more than 4 metres wide (further width extensions may be considered upon written application for approval to the City).
  • May have a corner turning radius of up to 10 metres.
  • Must have a vertical clearance height of 4 metres, with all overhanging vegetation trimmed back clear of the firebreak.
  • Must be a mineral earth firebreak with a continuous trafficable surface for a 4WD vehicle, clear of any obstructions and must not terminate in a cul-de-sac (dead end).
  • Maintained and living lawns are acceptable in conjunction with or in lieu of mineral earth firebreaks, provided that the same width and height requirements for a firebreak are applied.
Firebreaks are intended to minimise the spread or extension of a bushfire and provide safe access on your property for emergency vehicles.

FUEL LOAD

  • Means leaf litter on the ground inclusive of leaves, twigs (up to 6mm diameter) and bark. A Fuel Load depth of 15mm from the top of the layer to the mineral earth beneath is indicative of approximately 8 tonnes per hectare.
  • Fuel Load depth measurement tools are available from the City of Kalamunda Administration Centre.

Further Information

Contact City of Kalamunda on (08) 9257 9999 or email us at enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au

© City of Kalamunda 2019