Firebreaks & Block Slashing in your Area


Fire prevention measures are largely based on reducing fuels – by low intensity burning of forests and long grass before the fire season, mowing, slashing and creating firebreaks. When a bush fire is raging, firefighters often create firebreaks around it or burn back towards it, to starve the fire of fuel. Likewise, it is essential to remove fuel from around the house in order to reduce fire intensity.

Useful Facts about Firebreaks & Block Slashing

  • Firebreak maintenance is always the responsibility of the land owner
  • Firebreak prevention measures must be completed and all properties (including residential, commercial, industrial and vacant land) cleared of fire hazards on or before the dates set by the respective Shires/Councils.
  • Fire prevention work compliance dates are revised from time to time by the various shires or councils
  • Rangers do inspect properties after the compliance date to ensure regulations are met
  • Non-compliance with council regulations will result in a fine by the shire and the shire or council will appoint a contractor to perform these duties at the cost of the land owner / land occupier
  • Estuary Firebreaks always strives to keep our customers informed and compliant on block slashing and firebreak regulations

FAQ’s about Firebreaks & Block Slashing in your Area


How much do you charge to slash or rotary hoe a residential block?
Prices start at $100. But contact us for an obligation-free quote.

What is the deadline for the work to be completed in Mandurah?
Fire prevention measures must be completed and all properties (including residential, commercial, industrial and vacant land) cleared of fire hazards on or before 17 November to reduce the risk of fires during the bushfire season. Properties must remain free of hazard until 31 May.

What is the deadline for the work to be completed in the Shire of Murray (Pinjarra)?
30 November 2017

What is the deadline for the work to be completed in Waroona Shire?
17 November 2017


What do I have to have done to my rural zoned block in the Murray Shire? 
Rural Zoned Land

  1. A firebreak of at least 3 metres wide is to be constructed as close as practicable, but within 50 metres of the boundaries of the land, where the land abuts all made roads or railway reserves, Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) land or a Plantation.
  2. If the Rural land abuts or adjoins “any other type of zoned land” a firebreak of at least 3 metres wide shall be constructed along that portion of the rural land that abuts the other zoned land and the firebreak/s are to be located immediately, where practical inside the boundary of the rural land where it abuts the abovementioned land.
  3. Firebreaks of at least 3 metres wide shall be constructed to surround all buildings, sheds, haystacks and fuel depots/storage areas on the land. The inner perimeter of the Firebreak is to be within twenty (20) metres of all buildings, sheds, haystacks and fuel depots/storage areas


What do I have to have done to my Special Rural or Special Residential zoned block in the Murray Shire? 
Special Rural, Special Residential, All Special Use, Farmlet, Hills Landscape Protection Land and Rural Town site Zoned Land

  1. Where the area of land is 20500m2 (square metres) or less in size, all flammable material on the entire property shall be reduced and maintained to a height of less than 5 centimetres. Alternatively a firebreak can be installed in accordance with clause 2(b). (A mixture of bush fire fuel reduction work (mowing or slashing) and the installation of firebreaks are not acceptable on this sized lot, unless a variation is approved pursuant to Clause 6).
  2. Where the area of the land is more than 20501m2 (square metres) in size, a 3 metre wide firebreak shall be installed immediately inside all external boundaries of the land and immediately around any sheds and outbuildings on the land.
  3. All land within this category definition, irrespective of size requires a Building Protection Zone to be installed and maintained.


What do I have to have done to Residential Development, Industrial or other zoned block in the Murray Shire?

Residential, Residential Development, Special Development, Industrial and all Other Zoned Land Not Specified

  1. Where the area of land is 4000m2 (square metres) or less, all flammable material on the entire property shall be reduced and maintained to a height of less than 5 centimetres.
  2. Where the area of land is more than 4001m2 (square metres) in size, a 3 metre wide firebreak shall be installed or constructed immediately inside all external boundaries of the land and also immediately surrounding all buildings situated on the land.


What do I have to have done to my residential block in the Mandurah Shire?

  1. Properties with a land area of LESS THAN 2023 sqm are required to remove all flammable material (except living trees) by means of spraying, ploughing, cultivating followed by slashing to ground level.
  2. Properties with land area GREATER THAN 2032 sqm are required to install and maintain a 4m wide mineral earth firebreak. More information can be found on the City of Mandurah Bush Fire Notice
  3. City of Mandurah advises property owners each year by way of advertising in the local newspaper, website and mailing of the bush fire notice either with the annual rate notices or separately. Property owners who do not comply may be fined a minimum of $250.00 and required to meet Council’s cost to ensure the property is fire safe.
  4. City of Mandurah Rangers and contractors commence property inspections November 18 each year to ensure they comply.


What do I have to have done to my Rural block in the Waroona Shire?

RURAL LAND – Firebreaks not less than three (3) metres wide and four (4) metres vertical must be provided in the following positions:

  1. Within 60 metres inside and along the boundaries of all land including that which is uncleared, so as to form a continuous break around the holding. (Note – Firebreaks constructed on road verges do not constitute a legal firebreak.)
  2. Not more than 100 metres and not less than 20 metres from the perimeter of all groups of buildings, haystacks and fuel installations provided on that land. NOTE 1: 10 round bales constitute a haystack; 5 large oblong bales constitute a haystack; 200 small oblong bales constitute a haystack.
  3. NOTE 2: Irrigation area – owners or occupiers may be exempt from all or part of the requirements of the above if, in the opinion of the Fire Control Officer responsible for the area in which the land is located, there is no need to construct breaks on the irrigated land or non-irrigated land, not exceeding 20 hectares in area if surrounded by irrigated land.


What do I have to have done to my Rural Residential block in the Shire of Waroona?

RURAL RESIDENTIAL ZONE – The owners of all existing small rural holdings zoned “Rural/Residential” under Town Planning Schemes, must maintain clear of all flammable materials, a firebreak not less than three (3) metres wide and four (4) metres vertical immediately inside all external boundaries of the land. The owners of existing and future small rural holdings – Rural/Residential lots within the Zone 4 Irrigation Area must maintain clear of all flammable materials, a fire break not less than three (3) metres wide immediately inside all external boundaries of the lots. Lots under irrigation within Zone 4 are eligible for exemption upon application. Strategic firebreaks shown on subdivision guidelines shall be maintained by respective owners and gates may not be locked during fire season.


What do I have to have done to my Residential block in the Shire of Waroona?

URBAN LAND (Residential, Special Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Rural Land with Waroona & Hamel townsites) In respect of land owned or occupied by you within the above townsites or any area subdivided for other purposes, you shall:

    1. Where the area of land is 2500 square metres or less, you must remove all flammable material on the land except living standard trees, from the whole of the land; and
    2. Where the area of land exceeds 2500 square metres you must provide firebreaks of at least three (3) metres wide immediately inside all external boundaries of the land and also immediately surrounding all buildings situated on the land.  Where several adjoining lots are held or used by the owner/occupier, the firebreaks may be provided inside, along the external boundaries of the group of lots.


 
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