Inspections undertaken by Glenelg Shire officers may find that fuel hazards on your property require attention.
If a fire hazard has been detected on individual properties, a Fire Prevention Notice will be issued to the property owner or occupier specifiying the work required to reduce the fire risk associated with their property.
The issuing of Fire Prevention Notices ensures property owners carry out the necessary fire prevention measures to lessen the risk of fire threatening both themselves and their community.
If you receive a Fire Prevention Notice it is important that you read the notice carefully and if you do not understand the notice or wish to discuss:
• extra time to meet the notice requirements
• intention of keeping livestock on the property; or
• intention of cutting hay
you must contact the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer on 5522 2208 prior to the specified completion date.
It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure the works described on the notice are undertaken prior to the completion date displayed on the notice, and that the property is maintained in accordance with the notice for the duration of the declared Fire Season.
If you do not carry out the works required by the Fire Prevention Notice, the Glenelg Shire will arrange contractors to carry out the works listed on the notice at the property owner’s expense. Depending upon specific circumstances an infringement (fine) may also be issued.
A Fire Prevention brochure and list of Contractors who provide slashing works within the Glenelg Shire are available in PDF format or any of Council's Customer Service Offices in Portland, Heywood or Casterton.