Fire Control Notice
The City of Rockingham requires all land owners to comply with the City's Fire Control Notice 2018/2019 by 30 November each year. Inspections will commence on 3 December 2018.
Prohibited Burning Period - 1 December 2018 to 31 March 2019
The following burning, camping, heating and cooking guidelines are in force for the entire district of the City of Rockingham throughout the Prohibited Burning Period 1 December 2018 to 31 March 2019. These restrictions are in accordance with the Bush Fires Act 1954 and the City of Rockingham Health Local Laws 1996.
Except for the purposes of camping, heating or cooking (for which restrictions apply) no burning of any type is permitted during the Prohibited Burning Period.
Camping, heating and cooking
For the purposes of camping, heating and cooking, no fire should be lit in the open air during the Prohibited Burning Period (1 December to 31 March) in the following conditions:
This includes the use of all devices that rely on solid fuel (such as wood or coal) including barbecues, pizza ovens, chimineas, fire and hangi pits.
Gas-fired devices are exempt and are allowed in all conditions.
Solid fuel devices such as barbecues and pizza ovens are permissible in the following conditions:
- when no total fire ban has been declared; and
- when the fire danger rating is moderate or high; and
- a 3m clearance in radius has been established, clear of all bush and flammable material; and
- where smoke is controlled so as not to be a nuisance.
If, for any reason, it is considered impractical to clear firebreaks or to remove the flammable material from your land as required by the Fire Control Notice, an application must be made in writing.
Please resubmit all current variations, regardless of when they were approved. The City would like to ensure that variations comply to the current conditions and environment.
Please complete the form below and forward it to the City's Fire Control Team on or before 12 October for approval to provide firebreaks in alternative positions or take alternative action to abate the fire hazard, e.g. slashing and mowing.
If permission is not granted by the City's Fire Control Team, you must comply with the requirements of the Fire Control Notice in its entirety.
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To assist ratepayers to install firebreaks and/or slashing, a list of contractors is available below.
Please note, it is the owner's responsibility to ensure firebreaks and/or slashing are completed prior to 30 November each year.
If you have received a bushfire infringement and believe you have grounds for appeal you can use the online appeals tool.
Total Fire Bans
Total Fire Bans are declared on days of extreme weather or when widespread fires are seriously stretching firefighting resources.
The need for the ban is assessed throughout the day and the ban may be revoked if weather conditions ease.
A Total Fire Ban is declared the evening before it is to take effect. You should check the Emergency WA website after 6pm to see if a ban has been declared for the next day.
A full explanation and what you can and cannot do during a Total Fire Ban day can be found through the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website or by downloading the leaflet below.
City of Rockingham Bushfire Risk Management Plan 2018-2022
What is a Bushfire Risk Management Plan?
The State Emergency Management Plan for Fire (Westplan Fire) requires all local governments with significant bushfire risk to prepare a Bushfire Risk Management Plan (BRM Plan) outlining a strategy to treat bushfire-related risks.
The BRM Plan identifies properties at risk from bushfire and their priority for treatment.
Government agencies aim to work together with land managers to implement an effective treatment program.
The City's BRM Plan has been prepared in accordance with guidelines developed by the Office of Bushfire Risk Management (OBRM), with properties being identified and risk assessed against these guidelines.
Identified properties have been mapped, recorded and assessed in the Bushfire Management System provided to local governments by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
The City's BRM Plan was reviewed by OBRM on 29 June 2018 and endorsed by the Council on 25 September 2018. The City is currently in the process of developing our treatment schedule.
Further information on bushfire prone areas in relation to planning can be found on the Town Planning - Bushfire pages.