Bushfire survival plan
If you live or holiday near areas that have significant bush, forest, long grass or coastal scrub, you need to have a Bushfire Survival Plan in place. For more information, visit the CFA website.
Property owners have a responsibility to ensure they take the necessary steps to reduce bushfire risk on their property, and to reduce the risk of injury or damage to other people or property.
The Horsham Planning Scheme provides for bushfire regulation in the municipality, along with a range of local and state legislation. Property owners should be aware of their requirements under the law. If your property/dwelling falls within a Bushfire Management Overlay, the planning provisions allow for a range of approved measures for bushfire protection. This includes allowances for creating defendable space (i.e. removal of vegetation under specified clearance rules).
Bushfire protection can also be achieved through other means, such as the way you site and construct your dwelling, the way adjoining land is managed and the level of access to water supply and roads.
Think before you remove! If you are not sure about what your legal requirements are, please contact the Council’s Planning Department on email@example.com or 03 5382 9777.
If you believe that trees or vegetation need better management on Council owned land, please complete and submit a customer request or contact Council on firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 5382 9777.
Wartook Fire Ready Guide
The Wimmera Emergency Management Team has has developed a fire ready guide for the Wartook area which has an EXTREME bushfire risk because it's located in a valley surrounded by State and National Parks. Use this guide to help you and your family plan and prepare.