Living in a Fire Prone Area
Golden Plains Shire is prone to wildfire (either grass or forest fire) and it is every resident's responsibility to make sure they are prepared for fire well in advance of the Fire Danger Period.
Prepare, Act, Survive
Golden Plains Shire is prone to bushfire (either grass or forest fire) and it is every resident's responsibility to make sure they are prepared for fire well in advance of the Fire Danger Period. This includes cleaning up all fine fuels such as leaves, twigs and long grass close to the home and having a clear fire plan that is understood by everyone living in your home including visitors. Removal of standing trees for fire prevention is not permitted except within 10 metres of your place of accommodation. You should check with Council if you think trees around your home are a fire hazard.
You should know well in advance of a fire starting whether you are going to stay and actively defend a well prepared home or leave early on high fire danger days.
Residents are strongly encouraged to educate themselves about fire, fire management and how best to prepare for fire by organising or attending one of the CFA's Fire Ready Victoria sessions. Getting together with your neighbours and forming a CFA Community Fireguard group is another effective way of ensuring you are well prepared for the fire season. The CFA has loads of information and support for landholders who live in fire prone areas. Contact your Regional CFA Office or check out the CFA website for more information
This link provides information on the various Fire Danger Ratings that are published and broadcast through the media during the fire danger period.
There are many things you can do to minimise the risk of fire on your property. The CFA has the excellent Landscaping for Bushfire booklet which provides many ideas on how to best set up your property for fire protection.
Building in a Fire Prone Area
Much of Golden Plains Shire is fire prone and a Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) has been applied through the Planning Scheme in response to this. Constructing a home in an area subject to the BMO requires that you meet certain building criteria to ensure your home has the best chance of survival in a wildfire event. Additionally, new standards apply to all new dwellings that require a Building Permit. Your building plans will need to comply with these standards before you can get your Planning or Building Permit.
If you are applying for a Planning or Building Permit, check out the CFA website.