The City of Mandurah is reminding landowners to prepare their properties for the upcoming fire season.
Chief Executive Officer Mark Newman said bushfire safety is a shared responsibility between the City of Mandurah, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and property owners.
“During the year, the City undertakes a number of preventative initiatives to help residents be better prepared in case of a bushfire. This includes prescribed burning, fire management plans, vegetation management strategies, fire breaks, community education and enforcement.
“Preventative measures not only help reduce the risk to life and property, but also protects our valued ecology which can be devastated by high intensity bushfires,” Mr Newman said.
All properties within the city are inspected for fire safety, and fire prevention requirements must be actioned by November 17, 2019 and maintained until May 31, 2020.
For occupied or unoccupied land less than 4000sqm, landowners are required to:
Have the entire property clear of all flammable materials except for living standing trees shrubs and plants
Mow, slash, whipper snip to a height of no more than 4cm
Plough, cultivate, scarify or chemical spray, followed by slashing to 4cm or other approved method by the City
For occupied or unoccupied land 4000sqm and over, landowners are required to provide a trafficable mineral earth firebreak of 4 metres wide, with a height clearance of 4.2 metres:
Inside all external boundaries on the property
Surrounding all outbuildings erected on the property
Surrounding haystacks, fuel storage or other flammable materials
For more detailed information on legal requirements visit www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/services/rangers/fire-control-and-prevention and as an additional preparation step go to www.dfes.wa.gov.au/firechat/Pages/default.htm
The City was also recently successful in a bid for extra funding for bushfire mitigation works for 2019/2020.
Close to $290,000 in Mitigation Activity Funding has been granted to the City by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Rural Fire Division, enabling a range of mitigation works to take place in Mandurah to reduce the impact of bushfires.
As part of the additional funding, 41 preventative treatments have been approved by the Rural Fire Division, including the installation of strategic firebreaks, pruning and slashing vegetation, increasing accessibility for fire appliances, spraying and prescribed burning, giving a boost to the City’s existing fire prevention program.