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MEDIA RELEASE - Reminder to lodge fire permits after the fire danger period

29 April 2019

The Glenelg Shire Council is reminding residents to exercise caution following the end of the Fire Danger Period and to register any burn-off they are considering undertaking.

The CFA has declared that the Fire Danger Period will finish across the Glenelg Shire at 12:01am on 1 May, lifting burn off restrictions across the region.

Residents living within a designated area are reminded that despite the Fire Danger Period ending any burn-offs they are considering undertaking will require a permit through council’s local laws unit.

Local laws team leader Jacqui Muskee said penalties apply for those who fail to seek a permit prior to burning.

“It is great to see community members preparing to clean up their properties so promptly after the Fire Danger Period, however many residents may not be aware that if they live in a designated area, such as a town boundary, they cannot conduct a burn off without a permit,” she said.

“We remind all property owners that a permit must be sought. Penalties can be up to $400 for those who fail to comply.”

Application to burn permits are available to download via the Glenelg Shire website. Hard copies are also available at any of council’s customer service centres.

Council issues permits only when there is no other alternative available.

Generally, permits are granted for the following reasons:
• For the purpose of fire prevention, intention to reduce sources of ignition and vegetation on the case of an oncoming fire; or
• for agricultural purposes; and then only to:
• and then only to properties in a bushfire prone area or bushfire management overlay.

For further information on burn permits please contact council’s local laws unit on 1300GLENELG.

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