City asks residents to prepare for bushfire season

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The City of Mandurah is reminding local landowners to start making preparations for the upcoming fire season.

All properties within the City will be inspected for fire safety and fire prevention requirements must be in place by November 17 and maintained until May 31, 2021.

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 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 4m wide, with a height clearance of 4.2m:

  • Inside all external boundaries on the property
  • Surrounding all outbuildings erected on the property
  • Surrounding haystacks, fuel storage or other flammable materials

Throughout the year, the City undertakes a number of preventative initiatives to help residents be better prepared in case of a bushfire. 

Chief Executive Officer Mark Newman said bushfire safety is a shared responsibility between the City, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and property owners.

"This includes prescribed burning, fire management plans, vegetation management strategies, fire breaks, community education and enforcement," he said. 

"We've also recently received an additional $318,000 from DFES's Rural Fire Division's Mitigation Activity Fund which will be used for 36 local mitigation treatments in 2020-21.

"These preventable measures not only help reduce risk to life and property, but also protect our valued environment which can be devastated by high intensity bushfires."

For more information on making your property prepared for fire season go to www.mandurah.wa.gov.au.

 

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