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MEDIA RELEASE - Be prepared this fire season

1 November 2018

Property owners in the Glenelg Shire are reminded to attend to their long grass, dry leaves and debris this November in preparation for the upcoming fire and heat season.

Council’s fire prevention officers will soon commence the annual fire hazard inspections across the municipality, identifying any potential fire risks on residential, rural and commercial properties, including vacant land.

Acting local laws team leader John Fraser said it was important for residents to be prepared well in advance of summer.

“With current conditions having been dry over the winter months, it is critical that the community is prepared for unexpected heat in the lead up to summer and the potential impact it can cause,” he said.

“Owners or occupiers should spend November undertaking clean-up works to minimise or remove any fire hazards on their property and reduce the risk of a fire spreading throughout the community.

“To make it easier on residents to identify potential hazards, council have put together a brief checklist on what materials or debris classify as a potential risk. Fire prevention and reducing the risk of bushfire is everyone’s responsibility.”

Under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958, council officers are authorised to inspect private land and serve Fire Prevention Notices, which direct owners or occupiers of land to take measures against fire hazards.

Council may issue a Penalty Infringement Notice which carries a fine of $1,586 (10 penalty units) for failure to comply with a Fire Prevention Notice.

For further information on fire prevention please visit council’s website via

Fire Prevention Checklist

  • Cut/mow any long grass so that it is no higher than 10cm.
  • Remove any flammable material around your home, including cleaning out gutters.
  • Clear away dead undergrowth and fallen branches.
  • Store firewood and other flammables away from your home.
  • Clearly display your property number so that it can be easily recognised by Emergency Services should the need arise.

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