Shire of Kalamunda president Andrew Waddell says now the time to get ready for bushfire season

Shire of Kalamunda president Andrew Waddell says now the time to get ready for bushfire season

KALAMUNDA Shire President Andrew Waddell says residents need to remember to get bushfire ready now, ahead of another long bushfire season, which is just around the corner.

“This is an important time for residents to ensure properties are prepared, so homes, families and pets stay safe this bushfire season,” he said.

“We have just experienced a wet winter, with significant winter growth, but it will not take long for everything to dry out,” Cr Waddell said.

“The Shire has recently produced a new Fire and Burning Information 2016- 2017 guide which has been sent to residents to help with preparation.

“Even if you don’t have a large property, it is still vital you understand the bushfire risk in your area to ensure your home is protected.

“It is important to develop a survival plan and have a clear understanding of what to do if a bushfire starts.”

Householders are required to carry out fire prevention work on all properties, including the installation of firebreaks and the removal of fire hazards, by November 1.

Fire safety requirements must be maintained until March 31, 2017.

For services and tips on what to do, residents can visit www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/ fire and also arrange a free onsite meeting with the senior community safety officer on bushfires.

Owners and occupiers of properties in the shire are required to comply with the Shire of Kalamunda Firebreaks and Fuel Load Notice.

It is the responsibility of property owners and occupiers to reduce the risk to their family and home and take precautionary actions to survive a bushfire.

Failure to meet the minimum requirements of the Shire of Kalamunda 2016-2017 Firebreak and Fuel Load Notice, issued under Section 33 (1) of the Bush Fires Act 1954, may result in an infringement notice being issued.

To avoid any penalties, residents need to prepare their property as required.

For further information phone 9257 9999, email kala. shire@kalamunda.wa.gov.au or visit www.kalamunda. wa.gov.au/fire.