- Published on Thursday, 09 March 2017 11:00
With CFA designated fire restrictions still in force until 1 May, permits to burn cropping stubble are now being made available.
Corangamite Shire Mayor Jo Beard said after a record cropping season many farmers would be burning stubble over the next couple of months to enable them to replant for next season.
“To help our farmers, Council is now issuing Schedule 13 permits as it’s important to prepare paddocks with the confidence that they can be burnt when conditions are suitable,” Cr Beard said.
“Although the permits allow the landowners to burn stubble, we want to make sure these burns are as safe as possible while also allowing CFA captains to monitor the locations of burns and respond to actual fires that still may occur,” she said.
CFA have advised that due to the bumper season more roadside fuel has also grown in the breaks and it will be key for farmers to prepare clean brakes prior to burning.
Application forms can be obtained from local fire brigade captains or downloaded from Council’s website here.
Municipal Emergency Management Officer, Sharna Whitehand, said once people had filled out the application and the fire brigade captain had completed their section, they should be returned to Council.
“Once the permit is approved the applicant will receive a copy of the permit and a list of conditions associated with the permit, which stipulate the number of people and volume of water that must be in attendance and also when they can start burning each night.
“It is important to complete all relevant sections to ensure the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer (MFPO) has the correct information and it can be issued as soon as possible,” Ms Whitehand said.
“It is then the permit holder’s responsibility to follow the conditions of that permit, including notifying neighbours and the relevant forest officer in cases where the burn is within three kilometres of any state forest or national park,” she said.
Other burning permits such as pile burning will not be issued at this time.
For further information please contact Sharna on 5593 7100 or your local fire brigade captain.
CFA Operations Officer, Byron Kershaw with Corangamite Shire Mayor Jo Beard and local farmer Chris Lang inspecting stubble prior to burning.