Bush Fires Act 1954 Section 33(1)

Notice to all owners and occupiers of land within the City of Nedlands

As a measure for preventing the outbreak of a bush fire, or for preventing the spread or extension of a bush fire which may occur, all owners and occupiers of land within the City of Nedlands’ district are required on or before the 30th day of November in each year, or within 14 days of becoming an owner or occupier if after that date, to slash all grass and clear all inflammable matter on the land to a height no greater than 5cm and to maintain all grass and all inflammable matter on the land at a height no greater than 5cm up to and including the 31st day of March in the following year.

An owner or occupier of the land who fails or neglects to comply with the requisitions of a notice given pursuant to section 33(1) of the Bush Fires Act 1954 within the time specified in the notice commits an offence and is liable to a penalty of $5,000 and the City of Nedlands may direct its officers together with such servants, workmen or contractors, and with such vehicles, machinery and appliances as the officers deem fit, to enter upon the land and carry out the requisitions of the notice which have not been complied with and the City of Nedlands may recover the amount of any costs and expenses incurred in carrying out those requisitions in any court of competent jurisdiction as a debt due from the owner or occupier of the land.

If it is impracticable for any reason to clear firebreaks or take measures in accordance with this notice, you may apply to the City of Nedlands in writing before the 19th day of November of each year for permission to provide fire breaks in alternative positions or to take alternative measures to prevent the outbreak or spread of a bush fire. If permission is not granted in writing by the City, you shall comply with the requirements of this Notice.

The requirements of this Notice should be carried out by means other than burning, for example, mowing and rotary hoeing.

Burning Garden Refuse

All persons within the district of the City are at all times prohibited from setting fire to, or causing to be set on fire, any rubbish or refuse without the written approval of the City of Nedlands.

Graham Foster
Chief Executive Officer