The City of Ballarat is now issuing permits to landowners who have applied to undertake controlled burning for farming purposes.
Permits are issued under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 by the City of Ballarat Fire Prevention Officer, allowing landowners and managers to undertake controlled burning during the Fire Danger Period under very strict guidelines, from 1 March 2021.
The permits issued will allow landowners to undertake broadacre burning of stubble and grass, providing farmers with the opportunity to prepare their land for future cropping.
The permits have strict guidelines – if the permit holder fails to meet the permit conditions, they can be held liable and are subject to significant penalties.
Breaching permit conditions or lighting a fire during this period without a permit, can result in fines of over $19,400 and or 12 months’ imprisonment.
Burns may be inspected by the City of Ballarat’s authorised officers, with any non-compliance with permit conditions resulting in the permit being cancelled and appropriate authorities informed.
Permits will not be issued for piles of green waste or general waste.
The City of Ballarat has also identified areas in the municipality where planned burns will take place for environmental purposes and for the removal of future fire hazards.
Burns on City of Ballarat land will be conducted by the CFA when weather conditions are suitable.