18 April 2019

Mayoral Column

Autumn is the time when many residents prepare their pile burns. All residents who plan to conduct a pile burn must read and comply with the open burning policy which includes filling out the online form at least 24 hours prior to any intention to burn. All approvals are suspended on No Burn Days, with maximum penalties for any illegal burns being $5,500 for an individual and $11,000 for a corporation. The policy is at www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/link/open-burning with guidelines including:

  • Permission for open burning is only given to Hawkesbury properties which are 4,000 square metres (one acre) in size or greater or on land designated as ‘extreme’ risk under the Hawkesbury Bush Fire Risk Management Plan which are the properties located at Bowen Mountain, Colo Heights, Lower Portland, Tabaraga Ridge – Kurrajong Heights, “The Islands Estate”, Blaxlands Ridge and Yarramundi under the Hawkesbury Risk Management Plan.Residents who do not fit this criteria will need to contact Customer Service on 4560 4444 for further advice.
  • Burn piles must be constructed and burnt in accordance to the NSW Rural Fire Service Pile Burn Standards at https://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/link/spb
  • Pile burning of only dead and dry vegetation grown on the property (burning of household waste is not permitted)
  • Burn piles must be no larger than  2 x 2 x 1.5 metres high
  • There must be 2 metres clearance around the pile/s
  • Pile(s) must be 20 metres from any building
  • Adjoining neighbours must be notified 24 hours prior
  • Air pollution must be minimised
  • Burning can only occur between 8am and 5pm on any day.

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