Declared Harvest & Vehicle Movement Bans - Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day

Published: Monday, 23 December 2019 at 2:34:22 PM

The Shire of Chittering has declared Harvest, Hot Works and Vehicle Movement Bans for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Bans will be in effect on the following days:

  • Christmas Day, 25 December 2019 - the whole day, from midnight to midnight

  • Boxing Day, 26 December 2019 - the whole day, from midnight to midnight

  • New Year's Day, 1 January 2020 - the whole day, from midnight to midnight


Just to remind those who aren't sure, the following applies:

Activities not permitted during the period of a ban 

  • Harvesting operations are not permitted,
  • Any “hot works” (e.g. welding, grinding, cutting, heating etc) in the “open air” are not permitted, (note—these activities are not permitted during the term of any Total Fire Ban).
  • Other – Use or operation of any engine, vehicle, motor bike, quad bike, plant, equipment or machinery such as mowers, chainsaws, trimmers, blowers and the like in the area likely to cause a bush fire or contribute to the spread of a bush fire.

Activities permitted during the period of a ban

  • Movement of Vehicles on “gazetted roads” (as described in the Bush Fires Regulations r. 24A(1) and Road Traffic Act 1974 s. 5.1).
  • Movement of vehicles on a lane, driveway, yard or other area that provides access to, or a parking facility at, any residential, farming or business premises, if the area has been sufficiently cleared of inflammable material to prevent the escape of fire. 
  • Use or operation of a vehicle if it is for the prevention of an immediate and serious risk to the health or safety of a person or livestock, and only if all reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent the activity from creating a bush fire danger.
  • Use or operations of vehicles and undertaking of “hot works” by those persons holding a current Exemption under Bush Fires Act 1954 s. 22C (Exemption from Total Fire Bans)

In the event that a Total Fire Ban is declared on any of these days, please make sure that you are abiding the rules set out by the Department of Fire & Emergency Services. Click here to find out what you can't do during a Total Fire Ban

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