Fire Control Notice
The City of Rockingham requires all land owners to comply with the City's Fire Control Notice on 1 December 2019 and be maintained through to 31 May 2020. Inspections commence on 1 December 2019.
Burning, Camping and Cooking Guidelines
Burning Period - 1 June 2019 to 30 September 2019
The following Burning, Camping, Heating and Cooking Guidelines are in force for the entire district of the City of Rockingham throughout the period 1 June 2019 to 30 September 2019. These restrictions are in accordance with the Bush Fires Act 1954 and the City of Rockingham Health Local Laws 1996.
Hazard Reduction Burns
- All rural and semi-rural property owners carrying out a hazard reduction burn on their properties can do so as long as the fire danger rating is low, moderate or high.
- You must not burn if the fire danger rating is very high or above or if a total fire ban has been declared.
- You are required to notify DFES on 1800 198 140 or 9395 9209 prior to commencing your hazard reduction burn.
- If you require a fire brigade to carry out a hazard reduction burn on your property, please contact the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9528 0333.
- Properties located in Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) are required to source clarification and/or permits through the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation using the Permit System - Map or contacting 6467 5020, prior to planning a hazard reduction burn.
Camping, Heating and Cooking
Solid fuel devices such as fire pits, chimineas, barbecues and pizza ovens are permissible in the following conditions:
- when a total fire ban has not been declared; and
- when the fire danger rating is low-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.
Enclosed gas fired devices are exempt and are allowed at any time.
City of Rockingham Health Local Law 1996 - Burning of Rubbish or Refuse
A person shall not, without the written approval of the local government; and except in accordance with the terms and conditions to which the approval is subject, set fire to, or cause to be set on fire, any rubbish or refuse either in any incinerator; or on the ground.
An approval of the Local Government shall be issued subject to the following conditions:
- Does not include any plastic, food scraps, green garden cuttings or other material offensive when burnt; and
- Is of such quantity, or of such a nature, as not to be suitable for removal by the Local Government’s refuse collection service; and
- There is no other appropriate means of disposal; and
- Burning shall not take place during any period for which an air dispersion alert has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology; or where this is no current dispersion alert, outside the hours of 10:00am to 3:00pm; and
- An incinerator must meet the standards specified by the local government; and an incinerator unit used for fire must be located at least two (2) metres from a fence or building, at least nine (9) metres from a neighbourhood dwelling and in such a position so as not to create a nuisance or be offensive to other persons.
These provisions are contained in the City Of Rockingham Health Local Law 1996 at clause 49.
If you require further information, please email Health Services on email@example.com or call 9528 0333.
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 2019, and ensure they are maintained throughout until 31 May 2020
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.