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Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention

Council sends out courtesy letters for Fire Prevention in October each year. The letters are sent to:

  • All properties owners who have previously received a Fire Prevention Notice
  • Property owners that have had a complaint made to Council regarding the grass and potential fire risk, and
  • Properties that Council Officers have identified as a potential fire risk.

The letters asks property owners to be proactive and prepare their property for the upcoming Fire Danger Period and to maintain their property throughout the period to ensure it does not pose a fire risk.

Once the Fire Danger Period has been declared by the CFA, the Municipal Fire Prevention Officers have the power to issue a Fire Prevention Notice under Section 41 of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958. This notice directs the property owner to take the necessary steps to protect life and property, and that of their neighbours, from the threat of fire.

To report any fire hazards please contact
Local Laws
Phone: (03) 5036 2346 (office hours only)

Municipal Fire Management Plan

The Municipal Fire Management Plan identifies possible fire threats in our municipality, ways to protect life and reduce property loss.

It also outlines what our community sees as the most important risks in our environment and includes actions plans to tackle these risks, including:

  • Creating refuges – especially the family home.
  • Isolating known causes of fire.
  • Safe roads and used rail reserves.
  • The effects of fire on our municipality and community.
  • Protection of:
    • Small townships
    • Essential services
    • Important community assets

The Municipal Fire Management Plan has been endorsed by Swan Hill Rural City Council and can be downloaded from the Municipal Emergency Management Plan page.