Alpine's local law limits burning-off

25 May 2015

While fire restrictions have been lifted, Alpine Shire Council recommends people living in residential areas consider the environment and their neighbours and mulch as much garden waste as possible.

Alpine Mayor, Cr Jan Vonarx said council regularly receives calls from residents concerned about the amount of smoke being produced because residents are burning-off garden waste.

“We encourage people to be good neighbours. This means considering those with respiratory conditions, such as asthma, right through to the fact that your neighbours might have their washing on the line which will end up smelling of smoke,” Cr Vonarx said.

“People need to be aware that they are not to burn piles of autumn leaves. These and other garden waste materials such as smaller prunings are suited to mulching and it is a far healthier option than burning,” Cr Vonarx said.

Alpine Shire Council also operates a kerbside pruning collection which will this year collect prunings in:
• Myrtleford from 13 to 17 July,
• Mt Beauty, Tawonga South, Tawonga and Dederang townships from 20 to 24 July and
• Bright, Porepunkah, Wandiligong and Harrietville townships from 27 July to 7 August.

You can read the requirements to take part in this collection on council’s website.

Cr Vonarx reminded residents of the provisions of Local Law No. 5, which states that if burning-off within a residential area:
o Only tree limbs and prunings are burnt between the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm on any day;
o Only one fire is lit or remains alight at any one time,” she said.

In addition, the Local Law also sets the following restrictions:
o The matter being burnt does not exceed more than 3 cubic metres;
o The burn off is located more than 3m from the boundary;
o There are adequate means available for extinguishing the fire; and,
o The area 3m around and above the fire is free from all flammable material and vegetation.

Council is investigating the introduction of a green waste collection service which may alleviate the need for some people to burn their prunings in the future.

For more information about burning-off, please visit the Council website.

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