Fire Prevention

Municipal Fire Management Plan

Throughout the country areas of Victoria, a Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee (MFMPC) is established in each municipality under the provisions of the Country Fire Authority Act. This body has a statutory duty to prepare and maintain a Municipal Fire Management Plan and to coordinate and recommend to appropriate authorities actions for:

Identifying fire risks;

  • Specifying how risks are to be treated;
  • Specifying who is to be responsible; and
  • Suppressing fires that occur within their area.

What is a fire hazard?

Fine fuels such as long dry grass, fallen leaves and twigs are the main fire hazards around your house. Anything smaller in diameter than your little finger is a fine fuel.

Report any fire risk concerns either on public or private property to Council on 03 5585 9900 or 5392 7700 or submit the online customer request form.

Preparing West Wimmera for the fire season

Council is committed to protecting the West Wimmera community before the fire season commences. Our fire prevention program encompasses the entire municipality including reserves, playgrounds as well as many other areas.

The implementation of Council's protection program will begin in spring when grasses begin to dry out and include tree maintenance, spraying and grading.

Council undertakes an inspection program to identify areas needing attention. Fire Prevention notices are issued on properties that have been identified as a fire hazard. Council also uses reports from residents alerting of any hazards. To report a fire hazard contact Council on 03 5585 9900 or 5392 7700 or submit the online customer request form..

What can I do to prepare my property?

  • Clearing leaves and branches from gutters and around the garden.
  • Removing undergrowth or unwanted rubbish around your property.
  • Remove dead or damaged branches from trees and bushes.
  • For more hints and tips visit the CFA website.

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