New Local Laws on burning off in the Shire of Cardinia have now come into force.
Briefly, under Local Law 10 Part 24, open air burning is prohibited on properties defined as urban. Principally properties zoned as Residential 1.
Properties in the urban areas of Emerald, Cockatoo, Upper Beaconsfield, Bunyip and Garfield can undertake fuel reduction burns prior to the fire season between 1st September and 30th November on Fridays and Saturdays between 8am and 8pm only.
Other than the urban areas of the Shire, there are no restrictions on open air burning other than:
If material to be burnt is greater than 20 cubic metres a permit is required.
Burning is only permitted for fuel reduction or prevention.
The fire is attended at all times.
Access to adequate water supply to extinguish
Restrictions on material to be burnt.eg: rubber, plastic, petrol products etc.
For further information, contact the Shire or click here for Cardinia website.
To view a map of the zoning of your property click here.
Remember!! NO BURNING OFF ON TOTAL FIRE BAN DAYS
Tips to keep your burn off safe
1. Don't burn off when their is a strong wind . Its surprising how far embers can travel.
2. Clear the area around your burn off, preferably to bare earth and away from trees and overhanging branches and, of course, any buildings.
3. The burn off should not be more than a 1 metre square in area. The suggestion is you start small and add material gradually rather than have one big burn. It's more difficult to control.
4. Have a water supply handy, preferably a hose. Wet down the area around the burn off before you start. Put water on the burn off if the flames are getting too big.
5. Don't allow children to burn off.
6. Do not leave the burn off unattended for any reason. If you need to leave, put the burn off out completely.
7. If you need to have a large burn off, contact your local fire station for advice and inspection first. A permit maybe required.
WITH YOUR LOCAL SHIRE WHEN YOU CAN BURN OFF .
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