City of Swan ensuring properties are bushfire ready

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CITY of Swan officers have inspected more than 4000 properties so far this bushfire season, with the annual fire ban period starting on December 1.

Mayor Mick Wainwright said all properties must now be compliant with the City’s Fire Hazard Reduction notice, and remain compliant until April 30.

“The City has also undertaken significant fuel reduction works on the land it manages, including the installation of fire breaks and slashing and pruning, to ensure its properties remain bushfire ready,” he said.

Inspections across the City have resulted in 4035 properties being deemed compliant, 13 education letters regarding Building Protection Zones being issued and 357 caution letters (abatement notices) requesting property owners undertake hazard reduction works being issued.

Swan Valley and Gidgegannup ward councillor Rod Henderson said property owners who received a property improvement or infringement notice should read it and take action immediately.

“These notices are not generic and are only sent to properties that are not compliant with the City’s requirements,” he said.

Cr Henderson said recent inspections in Gidgegannup had resulted in a significant improvement in the preparation of land in the area.

“This is a great result and I would like to thank the many landowners in the Gidgegannup area who have made a substantial effort to prepare their properties for the fire season,” he said.

“However, even well prepared properties in fire prone areas can still be at risk.

“Property owners are encouraged to ensure they have a bushfire survival plan in place and monitor the new www.emergency.wa.gov.au website and ABC radio for bushfire information.”

The prohibited burning period is from December 1 until March 31.

For more information on how to prepare your property and the bush fire season visit the City’s website.