Burning issue for clearing the land

While the ground may be wet after recent rain, Bathurst Regional Councilhas issued a reminder to residents planning to conduct an open burn ontheir property, to check if they need approval from council to do so.
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Open burning or pile burning is often used by landholders as a convenientway of managing agricultural issues such as stubble, pruning and weedinfestations. It is also used by large and small holdings to manage largepiles of dead and dry vegetation.

If your property is under 10 hectares in size and within the city limits orwithin one of the villages or rural residential areas, you need to seek anOpen Burn Approval from council. There is no fee for this application.

Larger properties over 10 hectares in size do not require an open burnapproval from council. The only requirements are notification of neighboursand the RFS at this time of year.

These approvals only apply outside of the fire danger season and eventhough you have an approval from council you still need to notify the RuralFire Service and your neighbours of your plan to burn.

The requirement foran open burn approval extends until October 1when the fire dangerseason starts.

Mayor Gary Rush said seeking the correct approvals wasimportant for the protection of the city and its people.

“The potential bushfire risk associated with inappropriate burns in ourregion is well known, and the NSW RFS must always be contacted prior tocommencing any burn,” Cr Rush said.

“A less obvious risk with open burns arises from smoke emissions and thepotential resulting health impacts for vulnerable residents who suffer fromasthma and other respiratory illnesses.

“There are some situations where council may consider allowing open burningwithin the city or village and these situations will be dealt with on acase by case basis to ensure residents are not adversely affected.”

How to applyFor further information, phoneBathurst Regional Council on 6333 6511 or BathurstFire Control Centre (RFS) on 6333 1333This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.


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