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Think of neighbours when lighting fires


If you think your neighbours won’t notice that smoking fire you have lit in your backyard, think again.

The nuisance and health risks caused by backyard fires are the cause of numerous neighbourhood disputes and Charters Towers Regional Council is calling on residents to be more conscious of their neighbours.

CEO Mark Crawley said there are local laws enacted by Council that address the lighting of fires in backyards.

 “Local Law No 3 (Community and Environmental Management) sets out residents’ responsibilities for the lighting of fires on their properties,” Mr Crawley said.

“This also deals with residents’ responsibilities in the area of fire hazards on their properties.”

This information is available on Council’s website at www.charterstowers.qld.gov.au

The need to be considerate of neighbours was also highlighted by Brett Holmes, station officer at Charters Towers Fire Station.

Mr Holmes said the first thing to consider when contemplating lighting a fire in an urban area is your neighbours.

“I recommend that if you think you need to light a fire, liaise with your neighbours first,” Mr Holmes said.

“But rather than lighting a fire, we encourage residents to use the Council refuse tip because a fire in a backyard causes unpleasant smoke in the urban area.

“However a property owner planning to light a fire larger than two metres in area needs to be aware that they need to get a permit to do so from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.”

Council is also involved, during the appropriate seasons, in burn offs of vacant Council land around the Charters Towers urban area.

This is done in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) with assistance from local rural bridges to reduce grass fuel loads during the bushfires season.

Mr Crawley said this year those burns will take place during July and August.

“This will be limited this year because of low fuel load caused by the lack of rain in the district,” he said.

“When these burn offs do occur, Council will notify residents via our website and through social media.”

MG 27 March 2015

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