Fire Prevention Enquiries Should Be Directed To:

The District Council of Streaky Bay
PO Box 179, Streaky Bay SA 5680
29 Alfred Terrace, Streaky Bay
Phone Office: 8626 1001
Email: dcstreaky@streakybay.sa.gov.au

To access the South Australian Country Fire Service website please click here

When is the Fire Danger Season?

The District Council of Streaky Bay is located within the WEST COAST region of the Country Fire Service.

The Fire Danger Season on the WEST COAST commences on the 1st of November 2023 and concludes on the 15 April 2024 (unless the Chief Officer of the CFS changes it).

Fire restrictions apply to everyone, not just those living in high bushfire risk areas.

Fire Restriction during the Fire Danger Season

Once the fire danger season has begun there are strict controls on the lighting of fires and the use of certain tools in the open.  The restrictions remain in place until the end of the Fire Danger Season.

Obligations of Landowners - Section 105F

Pursuant to Section 105F of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005, the owner of land is required to take action to protect property on the land from fire, or to prevent or inhibit the outbreak of fire on the land, or the spread of through the land:

1. Section 105F requires that an owner of private land must take reasonable steps:

a.   To prevent or inhibit the outbreak of fire on the land; and
b.   To prevent or inhibit the spread of fire through the land; and
c.   To protect property on the land from fire; and
d.   To minimise the threat to human life from a fire on the land.

2. The following matters may be considered relevant to determining whether a breach of these requirements have occurred:

a.   The nature of the land;
b.   Whether the land is in a country, metropolitan, township or other setting;
c.   The activities carried out on the land (including whether flammable or combustible materials or substances are used or stored on the land)
d.   Other statutory standards or requirements that apply to or in relation to the land.

3. If you fail to comply with a requirement of this notice:

a.   You may be liable to a significant fine; and
b.   An authorised person may proceed to carry out the work required by the notice and recover the costs against you.

Other matters may also be taken into account.

Property owners are required to maintain the property throughout the Fire Danger Season.  This may mean you will have to mow or slash the land several times during the season.

Legislation states that property owners must take reasonable steps to prevent the outbreak of fire on the land or from spreading to neighbouring properties.  Accordingly, Council will be doing inspections and issuing Fire Prevention Notices to the owners of land requiring attention.  The purpose of the notice is to provide for the control of flammable fuel such as weeds and grasses and the removal of accumulated litter beneath established trees to remove the potential for damage caused by fire.

Prepare Your Property for the Fire Danger Season

Council emphasise the importance of undertaking necessary fire prevention measures for the safety of your family pets and property.

Preparation of your property includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Cut grass (to approx. 10cm / 4 inches) within 20 metres of all buildings
  • Cut grass (to approx. 10cm / 4 inches) within 5 metres of all structures
  • Remove dead branches, leaves and undergrowth from around your home
  • Prune tree limbs less than two metres above ground
  • Prune branches overhanging your home
  • Remove bark, heavy mulch, wood piles and any other flammable materials close to your home and sheds
  • Clean out your gutters
  • Spark Proofing your home

Contractors for Fire Prevention Measures

Listed below are businesses in the area offering slashing and mowing services.  It you require this service please contact the business of your choice direct.

This is not a list of Council's preferred contractors, it has been created as a guide only.

ContactPhone Numbers Further Details
Paul Dudura (District Wide)08 8626 1453Large areas / residential blocks
Greg Limbert & Sonya Coleman (Bay Areas Slashing & Mowing)0487 445 693Large areas / residential blocks
Rob Skelton (Skelty's Slashing Service)0410 857 833Large areas / residential blocks

If you are a Contractor and your name does not appear on this list, contact Council and we will arrange for it to be added.

Fire Permits

Fire Permits are mandatory for any ground-based fires during the Fire Danger Season. If you intend to conduct broadacre burning, you must request a permit from the District Council of Streaky Bay.

To obtain the permit you need to complete an application. You can do this by either completing the Council application form, simply by clicking here. Applications need to be dcstreaky@streakybay.sa.gov.au or fax them to the Council office at (08) 8626 1196.

To complete and add your specific details, please open the form in Adobe Reader by clicking here.

For timely processing, permit applications should be submitted at least 2 days prior to the planned burning date.

For additional information regarding fire permits, please visit the CFS website.

Fire Permit Application

Individuals have the convenience of completing their fire permit applications for the Streaky Bay Area online.

To complete the online application click on the following link: https://streakybay.sa.fires.elementorg.com/public-pages/fires/. For assistance on completing the form please click on this link.

This will enable you to submit your Burning (Schedule 9) application and subsequently inform us of your intent to commence burning once your permit has been issued.

When you are filling out the permit application, please make sure to specify an end date for the permit of April 30, 2024, in anticipation of a potential season extension.

If you have any questions, please contact the Council office 0886261001 and ask to speak to a Fire Prevention Officer – Dahlena Hammat or David Francis.

PERMITS ARE NOT VALID ON A FIRE BAN DAY

Grain Harvesting

The Fire and Emergency Regulations 2005 cover the use of stationery engine to auger a crop and the use of an internal combustion engine to harvest a crop.

The State Government and Country Fire Service have a Grain Harvesting Code of Practice that covers best practises in the harvesting of grain crops.

To view the Grain Harvesting Code of Practice click here