Draft Urban Backyard Burning of Vegetation Policy EXHIBITION

Consultation has concluded

Greenwaste being burnt. Smoke billowing.

Council's Backyard Burning of Vegetation Policy sets out where and how burning of vegetation from property maintenance can be done in order to maintain clean air and local amenity. We have recently undertaken a review of how the current policy is working and changes are now proposed.

Please take a look at the draft policy and provide comments by 5pm on 5 May 2017. ** Extended to 9am Monday 8 May 2017 **

Learn more about the proposed changes:


The draft policy has been developed by analysing customer requests about problem burning, the fires investigated, how people use the green bin and a community survey on burning.

The proposed changes aim to create an equitable policy across the shire and take into account:
  • Requests received from the community about excessive burning and smoke impacts
  • Changes in population density since the policy was last updated in 2002
  • The introduction of the green waste collection service which provides an alternative to burning
  • Requirements of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010
Key changes include:
  • having the same rules for the villages and towns
  • changing the types of properties able to burn so that in the higher density areas there are distinct zones where burning does not occur in order to reduce the impact of burning on other people
  • making sure burning follows the Rural Fire Services Standards for Pile Burning

Share your thoughts! Complete an online submission form by 5 May 2017.


Council's Backyard Burning of Vegetation Policy sets out where and how burning of vegetation from property maintenance can be done in order to maintain clean air and local amenity. We have recently undertaken a review of how the current policy is working and changes are now proposed.

Please take a look at the draft policy and provide comments by 5pm on 5 May 2017. ** Extended to 9am Monday 8 May 2017 **

Learn more about the proposed changes:


The draft policy has been developed by analysing customer requests about problem burning, the fires investigated, how people use the green bin and a community survey on burning.

The proposed changes aim to create an equitable policy across the shire and take into account:
  • Requests received from the community about excessive burning and smoke impacts
  • Changes in population density since the policy was last updated in 2002
  • The introduction of the green waste collection service which provides an alternative to burning
  • Requirements of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010
Key changes include:
  • having the same rules for the villages and towns
  • changing the types of properties able to burn so that in the higher density areas there are distinct zones where burning does not occur in order to reduce the impact of burning on other people
  • making sure burning follows the Rural Fire Services Standards for Pile Burning

Share your thoughts! Complete an online submission form by 5 May 2017.


  • CLOSED: The opportunity to make a submission about the Draft Urban Backyard Burning of Vegetation Policy concluded at 9am Monday 8 May 2017.

    You’re invited to provide a formal submission on the draft Urban Backyard Burning of Vegetation Policy. 

    Submissions need to be received by 5pm on Friday 5 May 2017.

    Please review the draft policy and other documents (in the Library tab) that describe what is proposed and why. You can then use the form below to provide your feedback. 

    All submissions will be considered by Council prior to the adoption of the final plan.

    All responses will be recorded for reporting to Council however personal details will not be included and confidentiality will be maintained. 


    You’re invited to provide a formal submission on the draft Urban Backyard Burning of Vegetation Policy. 

    Submissions need to be received by 5pm on Friday 5 May 2017.

    Please review the draft policy and other documents (in the Library tab) that describe what is proposed and why. You can then use the form below to provide your feedback. 

    All submissions will be considered by Council prior to the adoption of the final plan.

    All responses will be recorded for reporting to Council however personal details will not be included and confidentiality will be maintained. 


    Consultation has concluded