Vacant Land Slashing
Vacant land can often be a fire hazard, particularly if your land has long dry grass, flammable materials, old tyres, cardboard or timber on site. Whilst everything at present is green and looks harmless, now is the time to commence your preparation for the summer period by removing any potential fire hazards, as soon conditions will start to dry out. By removing the hazard now and maintaining your land during the summer period (December to March) you can reduce grass growth on your land and improve the safety and amenity of our community.
Council officers undertake inspections of land in late November. Any land found to pose a potential fire hazard as described above will be issued a Fire Prevention Notice. A Fire Prevention Notice is issued by Council under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and states that landowners must comply with the direction given on the notice. Failure to comply incurs a fine of $1,447 as set by the Department of Justice. Failure to comply also results in Council hiring contractors to perform the work, with costs passed on to land owners.
Appealing a Fire Prevention Notice
Council may accept your appeal and withdraw an infringement notice if you provide evidence of exceptional circumstances, delays in contractors, or you requested an extension for the Fire Prevention Notice. You must prove these circumstances, such as providing an invoice from the contractor or a returned letter from Council providing the extension to the Fire Prevention Notice.
An electronic application form to appeal your Fire Prevention Notice can be completed below. Alternatively a hard copy form can be downloaded from the related information panel on this page. Please forward your completed form to:
Baw Baw Shire Council
PO Box 304
Warragul Victoria 3820
Application to Appeal a Fire Prevention Notice
The personal information requested on this form is being collected to enable Council to consider the circumstances resulting in the infringement being issued.The personal information will be used solely by Council for this purpose or directly related purposes or as required by other Laws. For any further information, please contact the Freedom of Information officer on 5624 2427.
Your application will be processed within five business days of receipt. Council may accept your appeal and withdraw an infringement notice if you provide evidence of exceptional circumstances delays in contractors, requested extension of fire prevention notice. You have to prove such circumstances, such as an invoice from contractor, returned letter from council providing the extension to the Fire Prevention Notice. Baw Baw Shire has the power to enter property that has failed a Fire Prevention Notice and undertake works to remove the hazard and charge costs including administrative under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958.
Unless a fire prevention notice is withdrawn or cancelled, the costs of serving the notice (including reasonable administrative, labour and overhead costs and expenses incurred) may be recovered from the person on whom the notice was served; if the notice was served by a fire prevention officer, by the relevant municipal council; and if the notice was served by the Chief Officer, by the authority.