Harvest, Hot Works and Vehicle Movement Ban

Council has implemented a system to advise farmers/businesses/residents of the imposing of a Harvest, Hot Works and Vehicle Movement Ban via SMS message to a mobile telephone.

If a Harvest, Hot Works and Vehicle Movement Ban has been imposed, all persons that are registered will be sent a text message advising of details.

Alternatively please contact the Harvest, Hot Works and Vehicle Movement Bans Information Line on (08) 9576 0219.

Any person wishing to register their mobile telephone number with the Shire will need to complete a Harvest, Hot Works and Vehicle Movement ban SMS Alert application and return it to the Shire.

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, plant, equipment or machinery 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 Bush Fires regulation 24A(1) and Road Traffic Act 1974 section 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)

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