Fire Prevention In Golden Plains
Fire is a natural part of our landscape and we must be prepared to deal with this hazard.
As a community, we all have a responsibility to be prepared for fire. Golden Plains Shire works with the community through the Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee to develop the Municipal Fire Management Plan. This plan identifies the fire risks in the Shire and how they are to be managed to minimise the impact of fire on the community.
The tragic events of Black Saturday in 2009 brought issues of community fire preparedness and fire management into sharp focus and Council today continues to work with communities to ensure fire prevention practices are undertaken in our Shire.
Council continues to implement its annual fire prevention program, maintain Neighbourhood Safer Places - Places of Last Resort (NSP-PLR), liaise with CFA and DELWP and implement the requirements of the Golden Plains Planning Scheme Bushfire Management Overlay in order to achieve this.
Council plays an important role in the planning and management of emergencies in the municipality. As the closest level of government to the community, Council has a responsibility to plan, respond and assist with recovery in the event of an emergency affecting its community.
Permit to burn - Applications
During the Fire Danger Period (FDP) Council may grant a permit to an individual person under Section 38(1) of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958, to enable that person to burn off grass, stubble, weeds, scrub, undergrowth or other vegetation. As such, Council generally issues permits to farmers late in the FDP to allow them to conduct stubble burning. Depending on the seasonal conditions and the issuing of permit commencement date, Council issues between 200 and 400 permits per annum.
Council does not issue permits to residents to burn off garden waste piles or for other purposes during the Fire Danger Period.
As per the Country Fire Authority Regulations 2014 (S.R. No. 165/2014) all permits issued by Council must be in the form of Schedule 13 permit.
A Schedule 13 permit application can be downloaded below along with a current Frequently Asked Questions sheet regarding the permit conditions and requirements.
Please note all sections of the application must be completed or the application will not be assessed. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure all sections are completed for assessment.
Who do I contact in case of an emergency?
Be prepared and download our emergency preparedness booklet.