Council's Fire Hazard Inspection program aims to reduce bushfire risk to the community, reduce fire spread and intensity in the event of a bushfire and fulfil relevant legislative obligations.
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In accordance with the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 (CFA Act) and the Fire Rescue Victoria Act 1958 (FRV Act) , Council has a duty to take all practicable steps to prevent fires and minimise the danger and spread of fires in the municipality (except for land owned by State authorities).
Council carries out annual inspections on privately owned and Council owned or maintained land during the declared Fire Danger Period. Where necessary, Council will issue a Fire Prevention Notice (FPN), directing landowners or occupiers to remove or clean up vegetation or other combustible materials.
Where landowners or occupiers fail to comply, Council can carry out the specified works at the cost of the landowner, issue an infringement notice and even prosecute for breaches under the CFA Act or FRV Act.
Council has adopted the Fire Hazard Risk Reduction Strategy that identifies the most at-risk land to communities within Baw Baw Shire. The data from Victorian Fire Risk Register (VFRR) has been used in the development of the strategy. Council conducts a Fire Hazard Inspection Program to manage the risk of fire to the community (including on private land) throughout the Fire Danger Period.
For more information on the VFRR, please visit the VFRR website.
Fire reduction works on land owned by State authorities (VicRoads, Department of Health, Education Department etc) and other agencies is responsibility of that respective agency. Council is unable to direct a state authority to remove a hazard or maintain property.