Fire inspection program

Starting in November each year, we undertake fire hazard inspections on all private land within the Shire. These inspections are conducted in line with the requirements of the CFA Act 1958.

Fire hazard inspections aim to ensure that all residents are maintaining their properties in a fuel reduced and fire safe condition throughout the summer period.

Preparing your property

Council requests that all residents keep their properties in a well-maintained condition over the summer period to minimise bushfire risk.There are a number of options available to assist landowners prepare and maintain their properties.

Weed control grants scheme
Council offers limited financial assistance to landowners living in the Shire, to control noxious and environmental weeds on private property, both in agricultural areas and areas of high environmental value. To apply for funding or for more information, visit Council's Grants web page.

Biannual green and hard waste collection plus extra bundled branch option
Council provides two free green and hard waste kerbside collections each year, of two cubic metres, during May–June and November–December. The date of your scheduled collection will depend on where you are located. You can check the scheduled dates via the community compass.

There is also an option of pre-booking an additional three cubic metres of bundled branches to be collected for a subsidised rate of $60.

For more information visitCouncil's hard and green waste collection web page.

Vegetation removal rules and regulations
There are certain rules and regulations in place that allow landowners to clear vegetation from around their dwelling and fence lines without a planning permit in certain situations.

Please visit the CFA website to ensure you understand these rules and what is applicable to your area.

Transfer stations
The closest transfer stations or waste disposal centres are located at –
Cardinia Waste and Recyclers
Lot 7 Exchange Drive Pakenham
Phone: 5941 5790

Outlook Waste Transfer and Recycling Centre
274 Hallam Road Hampton Park
Phone: 9799 6277

Lysterfield Transfer Station
840 Wellington Road Lysterfield
Phone: 9753 5411


For more information on preparing your property this fire season, please visit Council's Resilience web page or refer to the CFA website.

General advice and frequently asked questions

Council advises all residents to keep their properties in a well-maintained condition, including:

  • keep grass to a height of 10cm or less
  • ensuring clearances and/or fuel breaks are in place for protection of all surrounding properties and assets

See Council's FAQ – Fire Inspection Program for further information.

Process

If Council determines that you property is a fire hazard following an initial inspection, Council will:

1. Issue a fire prevention notice to your property, detailing the works required to be undertaken and the date the works are required to be completed by.
2. Following the date specified on the Fire Prevention Notice, Council will re-inspect your property to verify that the works have been completed and meet the requirements of the notice.
Should your property be deemed compliant, no further action will be undertaken.

Non-compliance with a Fire Prevention Notice will result in:
1. A Fire Prevention Infringement Notice being issued against your property, which incurs a fine of $1,516.70.
2. A contractor will be engaged to undertake the required works on your property, with all associated costs for the works being borne by you, the property owner.

More information

For more information about preparing you property for bushfire please visit the resilience – preparing for an emergency web page or the CFA website

For more information, contact Council on 1300 787 624 or email.

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