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Fire prevention

The City of Fremantle prohibits the burning of garden refuse and rubbish in an incinerator or on the ground all year round. Any person who deliberately lights a fire may face penalties.

Pursuant to the powers contained in section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, property owners or occupiers are hereby required on or before the 30th day of November each year to clear flammable matter from the land in accordance with the following requirements:

a) where the area of the land is 1500 square metres or less

The owner or occupier is to remove all the flammable matter from the whole of the property except living trees, shrubs, palnts under cultivation and lawns by slashing or mowing to a height of not more than one hundred (100) millimetres, or otherwise to the satisfaction of council or an authorised officer.

b) all land having and area greater than 1500 square metres

i. clear firebreaks of a minimum width of three (3) metres inside all external boundaries of the land and all buildings situated on the land by ploughing, cultivating or scarifying

ii. mow/slash the whole of the land. The height of vegetation thereafter must not exceed one hundred (100) millimetres over the entire area of land, as far as reasonably practical as determined by the authorised officer.

The penalty for failing to comply with these requirements is a fine of not more than $5000 and a person in default is also liable whether prosecuted or not to pay the cost of performaing the work directed in this notice if it is not carried out by the owner or occupier by the date required by this notice.

Once installed the firebrake must bemaintained up to and including the 31st day of March the following year.

Contact the chief bush fire control officer on 08 9432 9836, for more information regarding fire control.

If  you want to use a solid fuel BBQ’s or wood fire pizza ovens between the 14 December–31 March, check with FESA as there use may be prohibited. Call the Total Fire Ban Information Line on 1800 709 355.

For information on total fire bans visit the FESA website.

Reporting suspicious behaviour

If people have any information about a fire or suspect somebody of deliberately lighting fires, they should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Ongoing vigilance by the community in reporting suspicious behaviour and arson will help minimise the likelihood of bushfire.


Contact us

Community Safety and Ranges
1st Floor
Queensgate Building
10 William Street
Fremantle
T 08 9432 9905
F 08 9432 9909
After hours: 1300 360 666
E rangers@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Useful links

FESA website


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