Public Notice - Harvest and Vehicle Movement for 22 November 2023

Published on Wednesday, 22 November 2023 at 8:20:51 AM

I, Leigh Mulholland, an authorised Bush Fire Control Officer of the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale hereby declare a ban on the use or operation of engines, vehicles, plant or machinery for Wednesday 22nd  November 2023 between the hours of 6.00am (0600hrs) and 6.00pm (1800hrs) for the whole of the Shire
of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

(The following are not permitted once a ban is in place under regulation 24C – these are not optional).

• Harvesting operations are not permitted.
• All off-road activity is banned, regardless of whether it is for agricultural purposes or work being conducted by business, industry and public authorities.
• Off-road includes areas such as paddocks, bushland, uncleared land and land with stubble or long grass refer to regulation 24ZH(2)(b) of the Bush Fires Regulations 1954.
• Off-road activity includes the use of anything activated by an internal combustion engine being used off-road e.g. motor bikes, quad bikes, excavators, chain saws, ride on lawn mowers and generators.

(The following are permitted as per the Bush Fire Regulations 1954 and cannot be banned)

1. Use or operation of any vehicle on “gazetted roads”, lanes, driveways, yards or other areas that provide access to, or a parking facility at, any residential, farming or business premises, if the area has been sufficiently cleared of inflammable material to prevent the escape of fire (regulation 24A(3) Bush Fires Regulations 1954).
2. Use or operation of a vehicle for the prevention of an immediate and serious risk to the health or safety of a person or livestock, and only if all reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent the activity from creating a bush fire danger. (regulation 24A(4) Bush Fires Regulations 1954).
3. Urgent work on infrastructure carried out by an essential service can continue, but only when the prescribed conditions in Division 9 of the Bush Fires Regulations 1954 are complied with. Urgent works, in relation to infrastructure used in the provision of an essential service means repairs or maintenance necessary for the continued provision, or restoration, of the service. Essential Services: water supply, sewerage or drainage services; electricity or gas services; telecommunications services; public transport services.

Leigh Mulholland

Chief Bushfire Control Officer

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

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