NSW Rural Fire Service Announcement – NSW Bush Fire Danger Period begins on October 1
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is reminding Balranald and Wentworth residents that the Bush Fire Danger Period for these areas will commenced on Saturday October 1.
FIRE PERMITS WILL BE REQUIRED DURING THE STATUTORY BUSH FIRE DANGER PERIOD
NSW RFS Superintendent Steve Walker advises that “Come October 1, any person burning in the open without a valid Permit risks heavy penalties. Residents wishing to light a fire in the open are still required to notify the Dareton Fire Control Centre and their neighbours, 24 hours prior to lighting up anytime of the year”.
All residents in the Balranald and Wentworth areas need to be vigilant and extremely careful with fire.
Please contact the Dareton Fire Control Centre for any advice in relation to burning requirements and notifications.
Any person who fails to notify their neighbours or the relevant fire authority may risk fines starting at $1,100
“We don’t want to have to fine anyone in our community; it is as simple as making a phone call to avoid any legal ramifications.” Supt Walker said
Supt Walker would also like to remind residents of Balranald and Wentworth that information in the media released by the CFA may differ from what is required in NSW, so he encourages residents who are unsure of anything to call the Dareton Fire Control Centre Monday to Friday from 900am to 430 pm, on 03 5027 4422, or call into the office at 58 – 60 Mitchell Avenue Dareton.
Neighbourhood Safer Places on the NSW RFS Website
Since 2010, the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has been managing the Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP) programme across New South Wales. The NSP concept evolved out of the 2009 Victorian Bush Fires Royal Commission. The primary purpose of a NSP is the protection of human life. Their function is to provide a place of last resort for members of the community to shelter during a bush fire.
It is an essential part of the NSP programme that accurate and up-to-date information about the status and location of local NSPs be provided to the community, and the NSW RFS updates the NSP information on their website regularly and is therefore able to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information concerning NSPs within each Local Government Area (LGA).
The NSW RFS has recently updated their public website and the link to all information regarding NSPs on the website is provided below:
The NSW RFS will continue to provide any changes to NSPs within a LGA and this link will ensure that any information provided remains up-to-date and consistent, and direct local residents to the current information regarding NSPs in your area.
BALRANALD COUNCIL ISSUED WITH A PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT ORDER
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, Minister for Local Government has issued Balranald Shire Council with a Performance Improvement Order.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
For information regarding how and when the NDIS will roll out in NSW for people with disability, their families and carers and service providers, please click here http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/
AUSTRALIAN INTERSTATE QUARANTINE – BE AWARE OF YOUR RESTRICTIONS
It’s always a good idea to check any restrictions that may apply to traveller’s crossing state lines or borders with produce that may be restricted in different states.
TRAVELLERS CAN FACE ON THE SPOT FINES FOR TAKING PROHIBITED ITEMS ACROSS BORDERS.
Help protect our agricultural industries and environment from pests and diseases.
STAY UP TO DATE:
Quarantine requirements may change as new pests, diseases and weeds are detected.
For the most up to date information, visit the Interstate Quarantine website http://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/ or telephone 1800 084 881 during business hours Mon-Fri.
Click Australian-Interstate-Quarantine-Travellers-guide-24.03.17 to download the guide
Draft documents currently on Exhibition
From time to time, Council prepares draft documents for exhibition. The community is invited to comment on these documents.
Comments are considered by Council before adoption. Documents are open for comment for a period of 28 days.
Notice of Intended pesticide Application
Councils Weeds Officer, through a maintenance program, sprays intermittent weeds throughout the Shire.
Under the Pesticides Regulation 2009, at least 5 working days’ notice must be provided before a licensed pest management technician (pest controller) uses pesticides to treat any common areas of a multiple occupancy property, or uses spray or liquid pesticides adjacent to a sensitive place.
Please click on this link for more information – http://tinyurl.com/ptdqq2d
Wood Smoke Reduction – top tips for better woodheater operation
All slow combustion woodheaters tend to smoke at light-up or refuelling. However, there is no reason for woodheaters to smoke excessively for long periods of time if they are operated correctly and are well maintained.
Minimising the emission of visible smoke from woodheaters and fireplaces can have substantial health benefits for the community in view of the harmful impacts of wood smoke.
For more information, please go to: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/woodsmoke/resources.htm#excessive