Firebreaks are a legal requirement under Section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954. Property owners must clear firebreaks on or before 1 November, or within 14 days of becoming the owner of occupier of the land after 30 September, and maintain them up to and including 31 March the following year.
Where the area of the land is less than 2000 square metres:
Slash/mow all grass to a height no greater than five (5) centimetres and remove all slashed materials and other flammable matter from the land. This standard must be maintained until 31 March of the following year.
Where the area of the land is greater than 2000 square metres:
Slash/mow all grass to a height no greater than five (5) centimetres and remove all slashed materials and/or install a firebreak of three (3) metres wide, clear of all bush and flammable material along all external boundaries of the land. This standard must be maintained until 31 March of the following year.
If it is considered impracticable to clear a firebreak or to remove flammable material from the land as required by this notice, an application to the Town of Cambridge in writing may be made prior to end of week one of October, for permission to provide firebreaks in alternative positions or to take alternative action to mitigate the fire hazard. Until written permission is received from the Town, compliance with this notice is required.
Firebreaks are a legal requirement and failure to comply can result in a penalty of $250. All Rangers are Fire Control Officers and will be actively patrolling during Fire Season to ensure the safety of all our residents.
Where an owner or occupier fails to install or maintain a firebreak, the Town will install the firebreak and recover the costs.