From November each year until the end of the fire danger period, Council officers inspect properties to ensure long grass and any materials that may pose a fire hazard are removed.
Where it is determined that a fire hazard exists, a notice will be sent to the landowner giving them a direction to clean up their land.
Apart from the fire risk, overgrown properties look untidy and may attract snakes and other vermin and detract from the amenity of the municipality.
Property owners are encouraged to implement a regular maintenance program on their property to ensure all long grass is slashed and other potential fire hazards are identified and removed without the need for Council intervention.
Grass should be cut and maintained to a height of 10cm or less. Other potential fire hazards include dry tree branches and dry or dead vegetation.
Owners of land can be fined up to $2,000 if they allow their property to remain a fire hazard or unsightly. If a notice is not complied with, the land may be cleared with all costs being passed onto the property owner in addition to any fines issued.
Property owners must also ensure that their land is not considered unsightly. Where visible from a public space, properties that harbour excessive rubbish or disused excavation materials may be classified as unsightly and the owner may be required to clean up their property.
Council officers are happy to discuss suitable maintenance programs with property owners or any fire prevention issues.
For more about fire hazards, call 9840 9333 and ask to speak to Council's Fire Prevention Officer.