Fire prevention is a community responsibility. From November each year, Council officers inspect properties in the City of Whitehorse to ensure that long grass and any materials that may pose a fire hazard are removed.
Where it is determined that a property is a fire hazard a fire prevention notice will be sent to the landowner giving them a direction to remove the fire hazard from their land.
Apart from the fire risk, overgrown properties look unsightly and may attract snakes and vermin and detract from the amenity of the municipality.
Property owners are encouraged to implement a regular maintenance program on their property to ensure all long grass is slashed and other potential fire hazards are identified and removed without the need for Council intervention.
Grass should be cut and maintained to a height of 10cm or less. Other potential fire hazards are stored dry grass, dry tree branches and dry or dead vegetation.
Under the Metropolitan Fire Brigades Act people can be fined up to 500 penalty points if they allow their property to become a fire hazard. You should also be aware that if a notice is not complied with, the land may be compulsorily cleared with all costs being passed onto the property owner, in addition to any fines issued.
Council officers are happy to discuss suitable maintenance programs with property owners or any fire prevention issues.
Land owners can find contractors in local newspapers or the Yellow Pages. Council recommends that you ensure that any operator you engage has their own public liability insurance covering both personal injury and property.
For more about fire hazards, call 9262 6333 and ask to speak to Council's Community Laws Department.
379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading, Victoria 3131
Tel: (03) 9262 6333 Fax: (03) 9262 6490Email: firstname.lastname@example.org