Open air fires consultation – phase 2

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on Proposed Local Law 20 – Open Air Fires.

The feedback period is now closed.

  • All submissions received will be considered and presented to councillors for further consideration.
  • The current laws about open air fires will remain in place until the revised law comes into effect.
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  • Following extensive consultation with the community and stakeholders during 2019 and 2020, Proposed Local Law 20 – Open Air Fires has been drafted and is ready for you to review and provide comments on if you wish.
  • It will replace the existing Local Law 17 – Part 5A
  • The proposed new law aims to make it easier and safer for residents who need to burn off to reduce fire fuel hazards on their properties to do this, while managing impacts including smoke and health hazards.

What are the proposed changes?

Proposed new burning off zones

3 new zones are proposed to replace the existing ‘bushfire-prone area’.

The proposed zones are shown in the online map below, and are colour-coded as follows:

  • Urban and Township – RED
  • Bushland and Peri-Urban – YELLOW
  • Rural – NEUTRAL

All properties from across the 3 zones may apply for a permit to burn off.

Properties in the ‘Bushland and Peri-Urban’ and ‘Rural’ zones may not need a permit to burn off if other criteria are met. For more information, refer to the proposed new local law.

The proposed zones have been developed based on:

  • urban growth boundaries
  • property sizes
  • planning zones (commercial, low-density residential, urban growth, and green wedge)
  • the existing Bushfire Prone Area.

More info: Proposed new local law 20

Find out which proposed zone your property is in

  1. Enter your property address into the search bar below and select it when it appears in the drop-down menu.
  2. The interactive map will then zoom in to your property location.
  3. Check the colour of the map where your property is to see which zone it falls in.

If you prefer, you can also check which proposed zone your property is in using the maps in the document library on this page.

If you're having trouble working out which zone your property is in, you can call us on 1300 787 624 to check.

Proposed ban on open air fires during the months of July and August

Proposed Local Law 20 – Open Air Fires prohibits burning off in the months of July and August.

This is intended to encourage people to find other ways to dispose of waste during these wetter months and reduce smoke impacts over the school holiday period.

However, residents in the ‘Bushland and Peri-Urban’ zone and the ‘Rural’ zone will have greater capacity to prepare their properties in the lead up to the declared Fire Danger period.

More info: Proposed new local law 20

Other key changes proposed

  • No open-air fires on public holidays
  • Increased penalties for burning industrial, commercial and household waste
  • No open air fires on Saturdays but fires allowed on Sundays. This is based on community feedback provided during phase 1 of the consultation which indicated that people are often busy with other commitments on Saturdays, such as school and sport, and prefer to be able to burn off on Sundays.

More info: Proposed new local law 20


To give your feedback on the proposed local law, go to the 'Provide feedback' tab at the top of the page.

Provide feedback

Council is now seeking feedback on Proposed Local Law 20 – Open Air Fires.

All submissions must be made in writing by post or email.

Post

Open air fires consultation
Cardinia Shire Council
PO Box 7
Pakenham VIC 3810

Email

mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au

Your submission must include:

  • your name and address
  • the reasons for the submission
  • advice as to whether you wish to support your submission at a meeting of Council or a committee appointed for the purpose of hearing submissions on this proposed local law.

All submissions must be received at Council by Friday 17 September 2021, 5pm.