Fire Management Requirements (Fire Break Notice)

2020/2021 Fire Management Notice

Protecting out community from bush fires is a shared responsibility, and we all need to work together to reduce the risk of bush fire. The Shire of Lake Grace issues a Fire Management Notice each year that contains the details of how land owners and occupiers must prepare their property for the fire season.

Depending on the size of your property, you may need to install and maintain firebreaks and reduce the amount of flammable material that is on your land.

All habitable buildings should also be surrounded by an Asset Protection Zone that will help your home from damage or destruction if a bush fire happens.

The fire mitigation measures required by the Notice must be in place by 1 November 2020 and maintained until 30 April 2021 (inclusive).

The Fire Management Notice is issued under section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, and is a legal order issued by the Shire.

Plantation Management Requirements

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Guidelines for Plantation Fire Protection have been adopted by the Shire of Lake Grace as the standard required to be met by plantation owners in order to comply with the Shire's Fire Management Requirements.

These guidelines aim to provide a set of best practice fire protection standards for plantations that aim to protect human life and local community interests, while minimising fire risk to plantation assets.

Variation to Requirements

If you are not able to comply with the requirements listed in the Notice, you will need to apply for a Variation to Requirements by 15 October 2020.

Please return your completed form to the Shire:

by email to

in person to 1 Bishop Street, Lake Grace

by post to PO Box 50, Lake Grace 6353

Penalties may apply

The Fire Management Notice is issued under section 33 of the Bush Fire Act 1954, and non-compliance with the requirement of the Fire Management Notice may incur a $250 fine or a maximum penalty of $5,000. The Shire of Lake Grace, or a contractor engaged by the Shire, may enter your land to install the fire break or reduce fuel loads and you will be charged for expenses incurred.