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Burn-off exemption planned for Macedon Ranges Shire

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Max Davies
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A temporary burn-off exemption is set to be introduced throughout the Macedon Ranges in October to help landowners prepare their properties ahead of fire season.

In consultation with Macedon Ranges fire brigades, Macedon Ranges Shire Council will allow registered open-air burns on land 4000 square metres or less without a permit for the month of October.

Council chief executive Bernie O’Sullivan encouraged landowners and residents to take advantage of the exemption.

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“It is vital that we all work together to avoid complacency and prepare as best we can amid an often unpredictable ever-changing climate,” he said.

“Council officers will be continuing our annual program of targeted mowing, slashing and roadside weed management as the weather starts to warm up.”

Property preparations ahead of fire season should include slashing grass, removing any fine fuels, rubbish or materials likely to cause, maintain or promote a fire, storing flammable liquids and materials away from the house, cleaning gutters and removing noxious weeds.

To assist with clean-ups, green waste disposal is free at council resource recovery facilities for ratepayers and tenants in the shire, while residents are encouraged to make use of their Food Organics Garden Organics bin.

If burning off, people must monitor weather conditions before starting any fire, and register their burn by calling 1800 668 511.

From November 1, burning-off restrictions will revert back to people being prohibited to burn in the open air on land 2000 square metres or less. A permit will be required for burning off on land more than 2000 square metres and equal to or less than 4000 square metres.

For more information and requirements under the Local Law 2023, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/burning-off or call 5422 0333.

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