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Bans & Contacts

TOTAL FIRE BANS

Total Fire Bans may be declared by the Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) when severe weather conditions are forecast or widespread fires are stretching resources. When a Total Fire Ban is declared, it is illegal to do anything that may start a fire. Total Fire Bans will be featured on:

  •  DFES website;
  •  Published to subscribers through DFES™s automated RSS feeds;
  •  Broadcast on ABC local radio 531 AM
  •  Via DFES information line 1800 709 355

    HARVEST AND OFF ROAD ACTIVITY BAN INFORMATION

    The Shire of Coorow Fire control Officers have the following powers under the BUSH FIRES REGULATIONS 1954 .                

    REGULATION 24C – NOTICE TO BAN THE USE OF ENGINES, VEHICLES, PLANT OR MACHINERY LIKELY TO CAUSE A BUSH FIRE WHEN A TOTAL FIRE BAN IS DECLARED

    REGULATION 38A – NOTICE TO BAN THE USE OF ENGINES, VEHICLES, PLANT OR MACHINERY LIKELY TO CAUSE A BUSH FIRE DURING THE RESTRICTED AND PROHIBITED BURNING TIMES

    Harvest and Off Road Activity Bans are declared by a Fire Control Officer and in consultation with the Shire. They can be declared when fire weather conditions are most likely to threaten lives and property or when a fire is already underway and firefighting resources are committed. Special conditions and exemptions may apply depending on the type and reason for the ban.

    For information relating to Total Fire Bans visit

    https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/site/bushfire/totalfirebans

    To be notified of a ban please contact the Shire to be added to the text message group.

    Permitted Areas of Work During all Bans

    Use or operation of any vehicle on gazetted roads, lanes, driveways, yards, or other areas that provide 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.

    Definitions:

    Off-Road:

    Includes areas such as paddocks, bushland, uncleared land and land with stubble or long grass.

    Off-Road Activity:

    Includes the use of anything activated by an internal combustion engine used off-road. e.g. Motor bikes, quad bikes, excavators, chain saws, ride on mowers and generators.

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    Exemptions:

    The following exemptions apply during all bans.

    Essential Services

    Off-Road activity, for urgent work, carried out by an essential service can continue, but only when the prescribed conditions in Division 9 of the Bush Fires Regulation 1954 are complied with. Urgent works, in relation to the provision of an essential service, means repairs or maintenance necessary for the continued provision, or restoration, of the service. Essential service: water supply, sewerage or drainage services, electricity, or gas services; telecommunications services; public transport services and rubbish collection or disposal services.

    Health and Safety

    Off-Road Activity is permitted for the use or operation of a vehicle 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.

    Harvest Bans are also placed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.


Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans must be imposed by a local government when the Fire Danger Index (FDI) exceeds 35 during a Total Fire Ban.
They are also imposed when the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer is of the opinion that the use of engines, vehicles, plant or machinery during the prohibited or restricted burning times or both is likely to cause a fire or contribute to the spread of a bushfire. If a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban is declared it is broadcast on ABC 531 AM and via SMS.


During a Total Fire Ban or Harvest & Vehicle Movement Ban you are not allowed to light, maintain or use a fire in the open air, or carry out any activity in the open air that causes, or is likely to cause a fire.
This includes a prohibition on the use of engines, vehicles, plant or machinery likely to cause or be conducive to the spread of a bush fire.
You could be fined up to $25,000 and/or jailed for 12 months if you breach a ban.

CONTACT DETAILS

Chief Executive Officer

Mia Maxfield

9952 0100 0428 521 100

Community Emergency Services Manager

Mark Teale

9927 0000 0417 165 056

Chief Bush Fire Control Officer

Harvest Ban Officer - Eastern Sector

Kelvin Bean

9952 0100 0428 521 103

Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officer

Ben Plozza

0427 531 182

Harvest Ban Officer - Western Sector

Ian Falconer

0427 531 294

Special Permit Glover Burning Officer

Ian Falconer

0427 531 294

FIRE CONTROL OFFICERS

Mark Teale  9927 0000  0417 165 056
Kelvin Bean 9952 0100 0428 521 103
Sam Dell'Agostino 0447 261 588
Ian Falconer 0427 531 294
Dennis Martin 0429 652 304
Graeme Maley 9951 8236 0428 518 236
James Raffan 0428 523 006
Geoff Hortin 0427 525 014 
Ben Plozza 0427 531 294
Mia Maxfield 9952 0100 0428 521 100

Fire control officers are not obliged to issue permits.   Permits cannot be issued over the phone and should fire control officer refuse to issue a permit, it is a breach of the      Bush Fires Act 1954 to request a permit from another fire control officer.


FIRE PERMIT OFFICER

Kelvin Bean 9952 0100 0428 521 103
James Raffan  0428523 006
Sam Dell'Agostino 0447 261 588
Ian Falconer 0427 531 294
Dennis Martin  0429 652 304
Mia Maxfield 9952 0100 0428 521 100

The Shire of Coorow is looking for more volunteers for their Bushfire Brigades. The Shire has volunteer brigades in Leeman, Green Head, Warrdarge, Eganu, Coorow and Marchagee. If you would like to inquire about joining a brigade, please complete the form below or contact our Community Emergency Services Manager on 0417 165 056. Free training and PPE provided.

Recruitment Flyer Bush Fire Brigade