NEW LAWS COMMENCE AHEAD OF BUSHFIRE SEASON
WITH ADDED INCREASED FINES
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed the commencement of new laws which allow residents in designated areas within the Tamworth electorate to protect their homes from bushfires, with new laws introduced that make it easier to clear trees and vegetation from around their home.
Mr Anderson said the NSW Government is committed to removing regulatory obstacles for home owners to allow them to adequately prepare their home ahead of the 2014/15 bushfire season.
“The new laws allow people in the designated areas to clear trees within 10 metres of their home, and clear vegetation other than trees within 50 metres of their home, provided they comply with the RFS Code of Practice.
“Removing the need for assessment or approval will empower home owners to minimise fuel loads around their home in an environmentally responsible way.
“A well-prepared property, along with a completed Bush Fire Survival Plan, can minimise the risk of loss of life and property,” Mr Anderson said.
From August 1, the NSW RFS will have an online tool available on its website where people can check if they’re in a designated 10/50 vegetation entitlement clearing area. People can enter their address or lot number into the online tool to see if the new arrangements apply to them.
Copies of the Code of Practice can be obtained from the RFS or downloaded from www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
Mr Anderson has also welcomed the introduction of higher penalties for 18 fire-related offences.
“The new laws and increased fines have come ahead of what could be a challenging season.
“We are already seeing dry and windy conditions which will lead to difficult fires. Remember the fire season is fast approaching and it is important to prepare your property to protect it as best as possible,” Mr Anderson concluded.