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Time to be bushfire-ready

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Time to be bushfire-ready
Published 5 October 2016
 With the beginning of fire danger season here, now is the time, if you haven’t already done so, to prepare your property to be bushfire-ready.

With the beginning of fire danger season here, now is the time, if you haven’t already done so, to prepare your property to be bushfire-ready.

For some, after a very wet winter where fuel loads have increased, being bushfire-ready may mean burning off excess vegetation on their property.

However, recent changes to the Environmental Protection (Air Quality) Policy now require all property owners to apply for a permit before burning for fire prevention and control.

Permit application is easily completed through a written application, which is sent to council, and has a maximum turnaround of one week.

Playford Council Mayor Glenn Docherty said the changes are positive and will be beneficial for property owners.

“They’re positive because people will be getting a lot more guidance around what they can and can’t do with burning,” Mayor Docherty said.

“It’s about people burning the correct things at the correct times but permits also give advice on how to observe good burning practises.

“Now is the best time to be preparing your property to be bushfire-ready.”

Humbug Scrub resident Richard Taylor’s property was damaged by the January 2015 Sampson Flat bushfire but his early preparations saved his house from destruction.

For more information on burning permits and preparing for fire danger season, click here