Fire danger period burning bans to lift after Easter

Published on 10 April 2017

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Murrindindi Shire’s Fire Danger Period finishes on 18 April, 2017.

This means Murrindindi Shire remains in the fire danger period and fire restrictions still apply until then.

During the Council fire amnesty period, from 22 April to 7 May, 2017, Murrindindi Shire Council will also be offering free green waste disposal which will extend to 14 May.

Mayor Charlie Bisset encouraged residents to make good use of the free green waste disposal at the Recycling and Recovery Centres.

“This option has been really popular with our Shire’s residents, as they can get rid of their grass clippings, leaves, garden prunings, branches and tree trunks no bigger than 300mm in diameter and no longer than 1.5m,” she said.

Cr Bisset said while the fire amnesty period allows residents in townships to carry out small open-air burns, there are important regulations around them.

“Only vegetative material can be burnt and fires should be no bigger than one metre diameter by one metre high.

“Fires should be supervised by an adult at all times and we also emphasise the importance of keeping fire extinguishing equipment on hand at all times.

“Out of common courtesy, you should also let your neighbours know of your burn plans and ensure your fire does not cause a smoke disturbance.

“Nuisance fires can be caused by too much smoke or the illegal burning of materials such as furniture or mattresses. If these fires are reported our Local Laws officers will attend and penalty notices may be issued”, said Cr Bisset.

From 6 May 2017, if you are in a residential area and need to burn off, you will require a permit from Council.

If you are in a Farming Zone (which generally means areas outside town limits), a permit is not required between 18 April and the start of Council Fire Restrictions on 15 October 2017.

For further information contact Council’s Local Laws Unit on (03) 5772 0333.