Preparing for fire

Fire Safety Survival Plan

Having a fire safety survival plan is a must. The CFA has produced a Fire Ready Kit which will assist in developing your fire safety plan.

The Red Cross website has resources and documents in accessible formats such as audio, easy English and large print publications which are useful.  

Knowing your options during an emergency, having the decision making process organised and practising your plan over and over is crucial. Consider things such as  

  • When you should leave

  • What you need to take

  • The car is packed with water and supplies, it has petrol and is mechanically sound

  • Where your children/teenagers are – both on school days and weekends

  • Have your pet/livestock management plan ready to activate

 

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 For advice on other vegetation removal contact Council on 9433 3111

Roadside trees cannot be cut down . To report dangerous trees contact Council on 9433 3111 or VicRoads on 131 171.  

Roadside vegetation removal

Roadsides in Nillumbik adjoin roads managed by either Council or VicRoads. Different vegetation removal rules apply for VicRoads and these can be found at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Roadsides adjoining Council roads fall into two classifications, Low Conservation Significance or High Conservation Significance. To clarify which one your property is in contact Council on 9433 3111.

Low Conservation Significance

Properties classified as Low Conservation Significance under Local Law No. 5 can undertake the following without a permit:

• removal of fine ground fuels (grass, leaves, twigs, loose bark)

• removal of regionally controlled weeds and those weeds listed in Council’s guide Live Local Plant Local (5.07MB(PDF, 5MB))

• maintenance and mowing of any part of the road reserve containing exotic vegetation abutting the property

• removal of vegetation that has fallen onto the road from the resident’s land

• removal of vegetation that is the subject of a fire prevention notice

• participation in works undertaken by friends groups, Landcare groups and community fireguard groups in accordance with an agreement approved by Council.

High Conservation Significance

Properties classified as High Conservation Significance under Local Law No. 5 can undertake the following without a permit:

• removal of regionally controlled weeds and those weeds listed in Council’s guide Live Local Plant Local (5.07MB(PDF, 5MB))

• maintenance and mowing of any part of the road reserve abutting the resident’s property comprising exotic vegetation

• removal of vegetation that has fallen onto the road from the resident’s land

• removal of vegetation that is the subject of a fire prevention notice

• participation in works undertaken by friends groups, Landcare groups and community fireguard groups in accordance with an agreement approved by Council.

Private bushfire shelters (bunkers)

Leaving before a fire has started is always the safest option. When leaving is not an option, a private bushfire shelter can provide protection. Bushfire shelters do not require a planning permit however, if vegetation needs to be removed for the bushfire bunker,  a planning permit may be required, contact Council on 9433 3111

A building permit is required for a bushfire shelter, and this can be obtained from a registered building surveyor

Further information

Pet management

Pet safety needs to be included in your fire safety survival plan with consideration for

  • Locations of where your pets can be housed – boarding kennels or catteries, friends, or relatives.

  • Let your neighbours know that your pets will be home alone if you are going to be away during high fire danger days. Share your plans and contact information.

  • Make sure pets are microchipped and wearing a collar identification tag with up to date contact details. The National Pet Register provides free identification for cats and dogs.

  • If you intend to take your pets with you make sure they are confined early in a secure room, pet carrier or on a lead.

  • Have a supply of wet towels and woollen blankets available to protect them.

  • Have a supply of drinking water.

  • Photo of your pet for identification purposes should they become lost.

  • Practice pet management in your fire safety survival plan.

Visit the CFA website for more information about pets and bushfires.