PUBLIC NOTICE Bush Fires Act 1954 Town of Cambridge
Firebreak Notice 2021 / 2022 to all property Owners and Occupiers
Pursuant to Section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, you are hereby required, on or before 1 November 2021 or within 14 days of becoming the owner or occupier after 30 September 2021, to remove from the land owned or occupied by you, all flammable material and/or clear firebreaks in accordance with the following land areas and thereafter to maintain that land or firebreaks up to and including 31 March 2022:
Where the area of the land is less than 2,000 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 2022.
Where the area of the land is greater than 2,000 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 2022. 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 17 October 2021, 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. Burning off is strictly prohibited within the Town of Cambridge.
The penalty for failing to comply with this notice is a fine of up to $5,000. If the works are not carried out by the date required in this notice, the owner of the land is liable, whether prosecuted or not, to pay all costs for performing the works directed in this notice.
JOHN GIORGI, JP
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER