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MUNICIPAL FIRE PREVENTION PLAN
                                       FIRE PREVENTION PLAN
                                                    CONTENTS

CONTENTS ............................................................................................................ 2

ABBREVIATIONS ................................................................................................... 4

MUNICIPAL ENDORSEMENT................................................................................ 5

INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................... 6

VISION STATEMENT ............................................................................................. 7

AIMS & OBJECTIVES ............................................................................................ 7

THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SHIRE.......................................................................... 8

FIRE HISTORY....................................................................................................... 9

CFA ACT & REGULATIONS .................................................................................. 10

PLAN REVIEW ....................................................................................................... 11

PRIORITY RISK ENVIRONMENTS........................................................................ 11

DEFINITIONS OF PRIORITY RISK ENVIRONMENTS .......................................... 12

RISK ASSESSMENT & ANALYSIS ........................................................................ 13

PROGRAMS

RURAL
     Strategy 1        Undertake a Review of the Existing Guidelines for Roadside Firebreaks .........14
     Strategy 2        Bush Fire Prone Areas/Wildfire Management Overlay.....................................18
     Strategy 3        Road Names & Road Numbering ....................................................................19
     Strategy 4        Review of Fire Refuges...................................................................................20

RESIDENTIAL
     Strategy 1        Management of Wildfire Fuels in Residential Development Areas ...................21
     Strategy 2        Education of the Community ...........................................................................22
     Strategy 3        Smoke Alarm Program ...................................................................................23
     Strategy 4        Water Supplies (Static & Hydrants/Plugs) .......................................................24

INDUSTRY & COMMERCE
     Strategy 1        Education for Industrial & Commercial Operators ............................................27

PUBLIC UTILITIES
     Strategy 1        Electrical Distribution System..........................................................................28




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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
     Strategy 1        Fire Protection on Public Land managed by DSE ............................................29
     Strategy 2        Fire Protection on Public Land managed by Appointed Committees ................30
     Strategy 3        Fire Protection on Council Bushland Reserves................................................31
     Strategy 4        Grand Ridge Plantations.................................................................................32

PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION/ASSEMBLY
     Strategy 1        Fire Safety in Schools, Pre Schools & Child Minding Centres..........................33
     Strategy 2        Fire Safety at Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds ......................................34
     Strategy 3        Fire Safety at Nursing Homes, Retirement Units and Hostels ..........................35
     Strategy 4        Fire Safety at Sports Grounds/Clubs, Gaming Venues, Night Clubs & Hotels ..36
     Strategy 5        Fire Safety at Public Halls ...............................................................................37

TOURISM
     Strategy 1        Visitor Education.............................................................................................38

DANGEROUS GOODS
     Strategy 1        Dangerous Goods ..........................................................................................39

GENERAL
     Strategy 1        Membership of Municipal Fire Prevention Committee......................................40
     Strategy 2        Structure of Municipal Fire Prevention Committee...........................................41

ACTION PLAN ........................................................................................................ 42
APPENDICES
     Appendix    A     Shire Map.......................................................................................................46
     Appendix    B     Strategic Fire Break Map ................................................................................47
     Appendix    C     Fire Season Sign Location Map ......................................................................48
     Appendix    D     Plan Review Record .......................................................................................49
     Appendix    E     Plan Distribution List .......................................................................................50
     Appendix    F     Associated Publications ..................................................................................51
     Appendix    G     Fire Hazard Clearance Contractors.................................................................52
     Appendix    H     Notice to Property Owners ..............................................................................53
     Appendix    I     Fire Refuge Location List ................................................................................54
     Appendix    J     Permits to burn ...............................................................................................55
     Appendix    K     Procedure for “application to burn permit” .......................................................56




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ABBREVIATIONS
The following is a list of abbreviations used in this plan:
BAs ................................... Business Associations
BASO................................ Brigade Administrative Support Officer
BPA................................... Bushfire Prone Area
CFA................................... Country Fire Authority
COMs................................ Committees of Management
DE&T ................................ Department of Education & Training
DHS .................................. Department of Human Services
DI ...................................... Director of Infrastructure
DSE .................................. Department of Sustainability & Environment
EHO .................................. Environmental Health Officer
EO..................................... Environmental Officer
FIRS.................................. Fire & Incident Reporting System
GRP .................................. Grand Ridge Plantations
GW.................................... Gippsland Water
MBS .................................. Municipal Building Surveyor
MCS.................................. CFA Manager Community Safety
MEMP ............................... Municipal Emergency Management Plan
MEMPC ............................ Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee
MERO ............................... Municipal Emergency Resource Officer
MFPC................................ Municipal Fire Prevention Committee
MFPO ............................... Municipal Fire Prevention Officer
MFPP................................ Municipal Fire Prevention Plan
MPE .................................. Manager Planning & Environment
MPG.................................. Manager Parks & Gardens
PRE .................................. Priority Risk Environment
PTC................................... Public Transport Corporation
PV ..................................... Parks Victoria
SGCS................................ South Gippsland Conservation Society
SGSC................................ South Gippsland Shire Council
SGW ................................. South Gippsland Water
TO..................................... Tourism Officer
SP AUS-NET .................... Electricity Supplier
VWA.................................. Victorian Workcover Authority
WMO................................. Wildfire Management Overlay




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MUNICIPAL ENDORSEMENT:

This is to certify that this Plan has been endorsed by the South Gippsland Shire
Council.

The Plan has been produced by the appointed Municipal Fire Prevention Committee
along the guidelines given. The Plan is the culmination of cooperation among many
people, organizations and other government authorities.

The Common Seal of the South Gippsland Shire Council was affixed this ……..day
of May 2003.

In the presence of;

Chief Executive Officer…………………………………………….

Councillor...........................................................................................




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INTRODUCTION

In the Australian countryside, wildfire is accepted as a natural phenomenon with the
potential for catastrophic devastation of life and property. Every year lives and
property are lost or at risk in fires involving residential, commercial and industrial
property.

In an effort to reduce the incidence and intensity of fires; prevention, protection and
pre-suppression works need to be carried out to protect the residents, visitors,
property, wildlife and natural vegetation of this municipality. Community education
programs need to be provided to communities and industries to raise the awareness
of their vulnerability and the actions they can take to protect themselves.

This Fire Prevention Plan has been prepared by the MFPC with input sought from
the public during a public exhibition period. It details the issues and strategies
required to achieve acceptable results and to highlight the need for continued efforts
at educating the public.

It is intended that the plan will cover all issues identified in regard to prevention and
protection. The Plan takes into account the conservation issues, strategies of DSE
for fire prevention and protection on Public Land and the MEMPC in planning for
response and recovery from disasters.

History has taught us through the devastating fires of 1898, 1939, 1944 and 1983
that fire will occur. Through efforts by the Fire Authorities, Government
Departments, Municipalities and the Community we need to develop strategies to
minimize the occurrence and the severity of any fire.

For this plan to be successful all individuals, organizations and community groups
must recognize their responsibilities for fire prevention and protection and work
towards making our buildings and environment as safe as possible.

This plan is a means to identify all of the issues relevant to fire prevention and
protection, an information base and a means of developing standards and practices
necessary to achieve the desired results.




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VISION STATEMENT
The vision of the plan is:

“to provide the means to protect as much as is humanly possible, all life,
property, community assets, flora and fauna in the South Gippsland area”

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The aim of the plan has been defined as “the desire to create as fire secure a
community as humanly possible, with an educated and prepared public”.

The plan has set a number of objectives to achieve this aim and a vision statement
for the future.

The objectives of the plan are;
      • to identify and develop action plans to achieve fire prevention and
         protection,
      • to identify strategic firebreaks and roadside fire management strategies to
         help reduce the spread of wildfire,
      • to identify priority risk environments and develop strategies to reduce the
         risk of fire,
      • to identify priority environmental values and community assets for the
         purpose of establishing site specific needs for fire protection,
      • to establish standards of work required by the Council, contractors and
         other Authorities to achieve a fire safe community,
      • to educate the public as to their responsibilities
      • to heighten their awareness of fire danger
      • to define requirements for signing of identified high fire risk areas,
      • to standardize fire hazard maps (BPA & WMO),
      • with the aid of the fire hazard maps and together with acceptable
         standards, to request planning and building authorities to apply suitable
         controls over those areas,
      • to define responsibilities for building control, fire protection and inspectorial
         needs,
      • to provide an information base,
      • to liaise and plan in conjunction with other similar or interested authorities
         and organizations.




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THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SHIRE

The South Gippsland Shire Council was formed on 2nd December 1994 following the
amalgamation of the Shires of Korumburra, Mirboo, South Gippsland and Woorayl.
There were some minor boundary modifications.

The Shire covers an area of 3,297 square km and has a current population of 24,597
(2000 census). The municipality extends from Nyora in the west to Hedley in the
east and from Mirboo North in the north to the coastline in the south. Reference to
Appendix A indicates the municipal boundary and the precise description is
contained in the Government Gazette.

The Shire has a varied topography from the hilly to steep terrain of the Strzelecki
ranges in the north to the flat land along the coastline. Wilsons Promontory National
Park is also a part of the Shire with its varied terrain of flat lands and hilly country.

The predominant vegetation over the Shire is pasture. Where small areas of bush
remain, including National and State Parks, Reserves and roadsides, there is a wide
variety of habitat. These habitats range from wet forest, dry sclerophyll woodland,
coastal banksia woodland, heath and grasslands.

The major industries are timber harvesting and plantation development, dairy
farming, beef and to a lesser degree sheep farming. In the area around Mirboo
North, potato farming is predominant. There are a number of small intense
agricultural industries also spread over the Shire such as vineyards, emu and deer
farms. The milk industry is supported by the substantial milk factory of Murray
Goulburn at Leongatha and the smaller factories of UDP at Poowong and Burra
Foods at Korumburra. There are also substantial smaller rural type service
industries in all of the townships.

Tourism is an important component of the local economy with attractions bringing
people to the coastal areas including Wilsons Promontory, small coastal towns of
Venus Bay, Sandy Point, Port Welshpool, particularly in the summer period and to
Coal Creek Historical Park at Korumburra and the growing small industries like
cheese manufacturers and wineries. This tourism creates substantial population
increases in the Shire over the summer period, particularly in the beach areas along
the coast.

The major towns of the Shire are Leongatha, Korumburra, Foster and Mirboo North.
There are many other small towns and hamlets scattered all over the Shire.

The rainfall over the Shire generally varies from around 900mm along the coast up to
1200mm in the hill country. The area enjoys a mild climate with an average
minimum temperature of 11ºC and average maximum temperature 21ºC. The
temperature extremes however vary from -2ºC to +40ºC.




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FIRE HISTORY

The fire history throughout the Shire shows that there have been numerous wildfires
since European occupation.

The Korumburra/Leongatha District’s major concern is in the Nyora area including
the area along the South Gippsland Highway. In 1967 fire destroyed 1000 acres of
land in the Nyora sand pit area. In 1969 the area off the South Gippsland Highway
occupied by the Scout Association and General Motors Holden was burnt out. In
1987/88 a further 300 acres in the sand pit area was also burnt out. Each year there
are numerous small outbreaks which have been controlled early. There is however
great potential for a major outbreak anywhere in the district given the right fuel and
weather conditions.

In the South Gippsland (Foster) District, following settlement in the 1840s, most of
the Aboriginal people and their way of life had gone. Many of the areas, which in the
past had been burnt by the Aboriginal people, were quite dense and difficult to
penetrate. The first settlers used fire as a primary tool to clear their land. There
were often terrible tragedies when those fires got out of control. The worst major
wildfires recorded were in 1885, 1898, 1906/07, 1921, 1934, 1939. These fires
destroyed many acres of land, wildlife and human life. One family at Mt Best had six
(6) children die during a wildfire in that area. The Foster area with its hilly country,
difficulty of access and coastal areas has great potential for a major fire given the
right fuel and weather conditions.

The Mirboo District has a history of bushfire similar to the Foster District. The area is
also hilly and access can be a problem. With the clearing of the land the well
managed farm land has become a natural fire break. The Mirboo area now contains
numerous sites of timber plantations and combined with natural timbered areas and
given the right fuel and weather conditions, like the rest of the municipality, has great
potential for a devastating wildfire.

CFA FIRS provides details of numerous structure fires and hazardous materials
incidents occurring regularly across the Municipality in dwellings, commercial,
industrial and agricultural premises including hay stacks.

DSE in their document “Yarram Region Fire Protection Plan” states; …… “The
Yarram Region covers an area of 519,000 hectares of which 170,000 hectares
(~33%) is public land. The region has been subject to numerous disastrous wildfires.
The Strzelecki Ranges fires of 1898 burnt out hundreds of settlers. In 1944 fires from
the Latrobe Valley through to Yarram killed 13 people. In 1951 a disastrous fire in
Wilson’s Promontory burnt out 75% of the Park”.

Records (Table 1, p2) show that over the 20 year period from 1972/73 to 1991/92,
258 fires are recorded which have burnt out a total area of 18,629 hectares.




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CFA ACT & REGULATIONS
The Country Fire Authority Act 1958 requires municipal councils to carry out
        specific fire prevention roles and activities. These are defined under;
     Section 43(1) “It shall be the duty of every municipal council and every public
     authority to take all practicable steps (including burning) to prevent the
     occurrence of fires on and to minimize the danger of the spread of fires on or
     from-
   (a) any land vested in it or under its control or management ; and
   (b) any highway road street lane or thoroughfare the maintenance of which is
        charged upon it.”
     Section 96A states; “Each municipal council, the municipal district or part of the
     municipal district of which lies within the country area of Victoria, shall appoint-
   (a) a person to be the fire prevention officer for that municipal council for the
        purposes of this Act; and
   (b) such number of persons as the council sees fit to be assistant fire prevention
        officers for that municipal council.”
     Section 54 of the Act further provides for the establishment of a Municipal Fire
     Prevention Committee. This Committee is charged under Section 55 with the
     functions that include;
   (a) “to plan the burning or clearing of firebreaks within the area for which it is
        appointed;
   (b) to advise the appropriate authorities as to the existence of and steps to be
        taken for the removal of fire hazards within the area;”
     Section 55A requires municipal councils to prepare and maintain a MFPP. The
     Act specifies items the plan must contain. The MFPC is to advise and make
     recommendations to the municipal council on the preparation of its MFPP.
     Section 55B stipulates that MFPP’s must be audited by the CFA between 1st
     January 1998 & 31st December 98 and thereafter at least once every three years
     Section 41 of the Act allows for the Fire Prevention Officer to serve notice on
     land owners (not being a public authority) to remove fire hazards or potential
     hazards from the defined property.
The Country Fire Authority Regulations 1992 provides a number of regulations
that are prescriptive in requirement The specific regulations are;
     Regulation 112 provides for fire protection charges. The importance of this
     clause is the reference to the setting of fees allowing; “the Authority
   (b) can provide advice on fire prevention and suppression matters;
   (c) testing, inspection and maintenance of fire prevention and suppression
        equipment”.
     Regulation 121 provides for reimbursement of travelling and personal expenses
     of a member or deputy member of the Municipal Fire Prevention Committee.
     See also Section 60 of the Act.
     Part 7 of the regulations provides for;
            Division 1, Regulation 123 to 127 (inclusive), deals with Fire Prevention
            Committees and their operation,
            Division 2, Regulation 128 to 131 (inclusive), deals with the issue of
            permits during the Fire Danger Period,

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                     Division 3, Regulations 131 to 134 (inclusive), deals with specific Fire
                     Prevention Measures in the way of requirements for heat engines and
                     sawmills,
                     Schedule 11 deals with elections of the Council representative to the
                     Regional Fire Prevention Committee,
                     Schedules 12 to 16 (inclusive) are the schedule proformas relevant to
                     Permits and Notices in Division 2.

         PLAN REVIEW:

         The MFPC will formally review the Municipal Fire Prevention Plan on the following
         basis;
                • A major review of this plan will be conducted on an 8 yearly basis from the
                  date of the Council endorsement.
                • At least once per year. The MFPC will establish a Review Committee
                  which will review the Plan each year prior to the fire season,
                • Following any substantial fire within the municipality. The CFA and MFPO
                  shall determine the parameters of “substantial”,
                • Following any substantial change in legislation or any other matter that
                  may impact upon the Plan.
Motion   Amendment August 2008, The MFPC passed the following motion, “That the
Passed   Municipal Fire Prevention Committee endorse the current Municipal Fire
MFPC     Prevention Plan until this Committee is informed of the commencement of the
August   implementation of IFMP”
2008     Appendix D, Plan Review Record, is to be used to record the dates and reasons for
         reviews.

         PRIORITY RISK ENVIRONMENTS

         After being appointed by the MFPC, the Executive MFPC met to identify Priority Risk
         Environments and after careful consideration a number of strategies have been
         developed. The risk environments are:

                  Rural
                  Residential
                  Public Accommodation/Assembly
                  Industry & Commerce
                  Public Utilities
                  Tourism
                  Natural Environment
                  Dangerous Goods
         Risk treatments have been developed for each risk environment.



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DEFINITIONS OF IDENTIFIED PRIORITY RISK ENVIRONMENTS:

   1. Rural
         Land used for the production of plant or animal products, these include farms
         and rural/residential subdivions with lot sizes of greater than 1ha.
   2. Residential
         Land used for the purpose of medium to long term accommodation. Includes
         land zoned Residential 1, Low Density Residential (lot sizes <1ha) and
         Township as defined in the South Gippsland Shire Planning Scheme.
   3. Public Accommodation/Assembly
         Public accommodation is used primarily for temporary and healthcare
         accommodation issues. These include: hotels, motels, hostels, caravan
         parks, camping grounds, hospitals, aged care facilities.
         Public assembly are areas used for the gathering of large groups or
         organizations. These include: Sports Grounds, Halls, Churches.
   4. Industry & Commerce
         Land used for the purpose of running a business, providing a service direct to
         the public or as part of a production cycle of a product. Includes all areas
         zoned Business 1, Industrial 1 & 2, Township & Mixed Use.
   5. Public Utilities
         Includes land and infrastructure used by public utilities. These include Water
         Authorities, Electricity generators and suppliers, Telstra etc.
   6. Tourism
         This environment is primarily targeted at the customers/visitors/tourists who
         visit the South Gippsland Shire.
   7. Natural Environment
         Natural Environment includes both public & private land and also includes
         modified environments. These include: Native Bushland, plantations,
         National Parks.
   8. Dangerous Goods
         This environment exists in every other risk environment. This mainly
         addresses storage and handling of dangerous goods. It was considered
         appropriate that these matters be addressed separately to highlight the
         concerns of the MFPC.




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RISK ASSESSMENT & ANALYSIS
Each of the Priority Risk Environments may be subjected to or cause wildfire,
structural fire or hazardous materials incidents. The Executive Fire Prevention
Committee in conjunction with the MPPO has undertaken the following risk analysis.
The aim of this analysis is to rate the various PRE’s and hence prioritise works and
actions for the plan in the future.



            MUNICIPAL FIRE RISK ANALYSIS MATRIX
                                                HAZARD EVENT
PRIORITY RISK                         Wildfire      Structural      Hazmat
ENVIRONMENT

   1. Rural                               M              M              M

   2. Residential                         H              H              L

   3. Public Accommodation                H              H              H
      /Assembly

   4. Industry & Commerce                 H              E              E

   5. Public Utilities                    H              H              H

   6. Tourism                             H              M              M

   7. Natural Environment                 H              M              M

   8. Dangerous Goods                     M              E              E




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                                     PROGRAMS
RURAL
Generally, throughout the Shire, rural pursuits are dominant. Most of the
municipality has been cleared to pasture and there are very minimal areas of
privately owned bush. Most areas of bushland are managed by either forestry
companies or DSE. The rural environment also includes all Local and Declared
roads
Strategy 1

              Review the Existing Guidelines for Roadside Firebreaks

Action

         Review the existing guidelines for roadside firebreaks (listed below). The
         document “Roadside Fire Management Guidelines, CFA” is to be used as the
         main referral document in this process.
         Review the existing firebreaks in conjunction with Region 9 and DSE
         operational pre incident planning

Responsibility                        MFPO, CFA, DSE, EO, DI, Vicroads

Completion Date                     September 2003

                                  Current Guidelines
STRATEGIC FIREBREAKS

Definition of Strategic Firebreak

 “A firebreak established as part of a pre-planned strategy to form the basis of a control line
                                     and access corridor”.

Note; all strategic firebreaks are the highest priority for roadside maintenance works

A strategic firebreak is established where sites are identified because of their ability
to be used as a firebreak and a major traffic corridor. There are primary and
secondary breaks.

All strategic firebreaks are the highest priority for both by fire prevention
works and road surface maintenance.
Refer to Appendix B for the strategic firebreak map.




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Primary Firebreaks;
Breaks designed to provide protection to the municipality as a whole, provide pre-
planned control lines and are usually along the declared highways and main (arterial)
road system or rail system.

The primary firebreaks identified are;
 South Gippsland Highway                   Bass Highway
 Strzelecki Highway                        Korumburra - Warragul Road
 Korumburra - Wonthaggi Road               Inverloch - Venus Bay Road
 Fish Creek - Foster Road                  Foster - Promontory Road
 Soldiers Road (Sandy Point)               Fish Creek - Waratah Road
 Fish Creek - Walkerville Road             Sandy Point Road
 Meeniyan - Promontory Road                Falls Road
 Port Welshpool Road                       Nerrena Road

Secondary Firebreaks;
Additional breaks designated by the MFPC and local brigades to provide protection
and control lines at a local level and strategically divide the municipality.

The secondary firebreaks identified are;
 Korumburra - Inverloch Road                Korumburra - Drouin Road (Ranceby to
                                            Poowong)
 Lang Lang - Poowong Road (Nyora to         McDonalds Track, Nyora
 Poowong & Nyora to SG Hwy)
 Koonwarra Inverloch Road                   Koonwarra Pound Creek Road
 Tarwin Lower Road                          Farmers Road
 Buffalo North Road                         Buffalo-Stony Creek Rd (Neils Rd to Buffalo
                                            North Rd)
 Neils Road                                 Whitelaws Track (Buffalo North Rd to Falls Rd)
 Buffalo Waratah Road                       Summers Road
 Kerrs Road                                 O’Gradys Ridge Road
 Lester Road                                Millar Road
 Foley Road                                 Charity Road
 Shellcotts Road (Yanakie)                  Paterson Road
 Grip Road / Piggery Lane                   Downings Hill Road
 Creamery Valley Road                       Hazel Park Road
 Slades Hill Road                           Rossiters Road
 Grand Ridge Road                           Mirboo - Yarragon Road
 Meeniyan - Mirboo North Road               Boolarra - Mirboo North Road
 Boolarra South-Mirboo North Rd             Mirboo North - Trafalgar Road
 Mardan Road                                Mirboo South Road
 Barry Road                                 Walkerville Road
 Walkerville South Road




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                          STANDARD OF HAZARD REMOVAL

GENERAL:
The objective of this section will be to define the desired requirements for locations
of roadside works for fire prevention and the standards to be achieved.

Intrinsic to these requirements will be the need for the Road Authorities (Council and
Vicroads) and the PTC, to provide and maintain the roads and bridges in a condition
that is suitable for both emergency response and for the easy and safe movement of
general commuter traffic.

The roadside maintenance works required are aimed at fine fuel reduction methods
that have an objective of reducing fire intensity to assist with the safe passage of
traffic, to help reduce the risk of spread of wildfire from the roadside to adjoining
land, to stop some fires from spreading across country and to assist suppression
forces in containing wildfires.

DECLARED ROADS:
Vicroads is the responsible road authority and in accordance with their “Code of
Practice for Fire Prevention in Declared Road Reserves,” the guidelines proposed
are deemed to be acceptable compliance with fuel reduction practices. Every road
within the declared road system forms a part of the “strategic firebreak” system and
hence the importance of those roads as means of access and the need for
maximization of sound fuel reduction practices.

The standards set in the Code of Practice divide the road system into the following
five broad categories for types of country;
   •     Dense timber and undergrowth in forest areas,
   •     Light timber and undergrowth,
   •     Timber and undergrowth adjacent to grassland country,
   •     Grassland and scattered trees and vegetation,
   •     Open grassland.

For each category there are guidelines given for work requirements however they
are general only and are to be used as a guide only.

The one constant guide given over all of their categories is “the cutting and/or
slashing of vegetation up to 3 metres behind the guide posts where practicable”.

This standard is approved by the MFPC for all Vicroads roads Highways, Main
Roads and Tourist Roads.




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LOCAL ROADS:
Local roads are all roads that are not a part of the declared road system and are
under the control of Council. They do not include roads on private land or another
public authorities’ land. Local roads include numerous roads within the defined
“strategic firebreak” system.
The standards proposed for local roads are;
    1. All roads shall be constructed or formed and maintained to a standard to
       provide all weather and all vehicle access,
    2. All new constructions, re-constructions or pavement rehabilitations shall be
       made to provide a minimum 6.0 metre wide pavement. Where this is not
       achievable due to low traffic counts or steep topography, regular passing bays
       and turning circles shall be provided,
    3. All road name signs shall be displayed and erected in a clearly visible
       location. The signs shall be maintained in a clean and readable condition.
       “No Through Roads” shall be marked accordingly,
    4. All strategic firebreaks forming a part of the local road system shall be slashed
       both sides of the road to a distance of 1.0 metre behind the guide post line or
       where no posts exist, slashing to 1.8 metre from the edge of the road surface,
       where practicable. This guideline shall achieve a minimum 10.0 metre clear
       width including the road surface,
    5. Slashing shall occur on all such roads prior to the fire season and as required
       thereafter depending upon the growth and to a suitable minimum fuel load
       capacity,
    6. Where strategic firebreak reserve widths exceed 20 metres (1 chain) and lead
       into or away from any built up area, slashing should be carried out to the
       fence line (if practicable) unless the roadside management plan requires
       otherwise. Refer to Appendix B for the strategic firebreak map. All other
       sealed and where possible, unsealed roads should be slashed to the guide
       post line or 1.8 metre from the road surface edge and achieve a minimum10.0
       metre clear width including the road surface, at a timing the same as in 5
       above,
    7. Any road in the rural area (serving a dwelling) of below a 20 metre (1 chain)
       reserve width should receive priority slashing to remove the fuel from close to
       any road users.

Time of Treatment
All works should be completed prior to implementation of the Fire Danger Period
where possible, however climatic conditions should also be a consideration. Works
should normally be completed by mid December each year.

Frequency of Treatment
Annual treatments should be carried out on all Strategic Firebreaks.

Responsibility for Treatment
South Gippsland Shire Council and VicRoads where applicable.




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RURAL
Strategy 2

                Bush Fire Prone Areas/Wildfire Management Overlay

A significant means of avoiding or minimising loss in high wildfire risk areas is to
utilise the potential offered by the provisions of the Planning and Environment Act
through the administration of the South Gippsland Planning Scheme. Inclusion of a
Wildfire Management Overlay in the planning scheme will ensure that CFA's
requirements for vehicle access, water supplies, buildings and works, vegetation
management, and the long term maintenance of those requirements in these areas
are met.

Action

         As a matter of priority finalise the review of the Bush Fire Prone area maps as
         produced in March 1998.
         At the completion of the above action, recommend to Council that the revised
         Bush Fire Prone Area map be adopted for the purposes of the Building Act.
         Recommend to Council that they advertise an amendment to the South
         Gippsland Shire Planning Scheme that the map be included as a Wildfire
         Management Overlay.

Responsibility                      MFPO, MBS, MPE, MCS

Completion Date                    BPA June 2003, WMO June 2004




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RURAL
Strategy 3

                          Road Names & Road Numbering

With several roads across the shire having the same road names, there is significant
potential for confusion among responding firefighters during the run of a major
wildfire. Furthermore there are instances where road names change when crossing
Municipal boundaries. This confusion could lead to brigades travelling the wrong
road, or even becoming trapped by the fire due to being in the wrong place.

Road/Street Numbering has not been correctly implemented in some areas,
especially on roads crossing Municipal boundaries.

Action

         Rationalise road names throughout the Shire and liaise with neighbouring
         Shires to ensure correct road numbering procedures have been implemented
         Ensure that road/street numbers are displayed in accordance with Councils’
         Local Law

Responsibility                     MFPO, Rates Department, Local Laws
                                   Department, Engineering Department, CFA
                                   Brigades

Completion Date                  December 2004




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RURAL
Strategy 4

                              Review of Fire Refuges

Fire refuges were a recommendation from the inquiry into the Ash Wednesday fires
of 1983. It is a role of the MFPC to nominate and declare appropriate sites as Fire
Refuges. The MFPC has the best understanding of vegetation, land usage, overall
risk and population movement to be able to determine the most appropriate
locations.

The MFPC will forward their nominated locations for refuges to the MEMPC for
inclusion in the MEMP, where they are best placed to be recognized in the event of
an emergency

Action

   1. Review existing fire refuge locations and suitability
   2. Advise the MEPC of the outcome

Responsibility                    MFPO, MFPC, MEPC, MERO

Completion Date                  October 2003




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RESIDENTIAL
Strategy 1

         Management of Wildfire Fuels in Residential Development Areas

Management of wildfire fuel levels is an important component in reducing the
vulnerability of dwellings to this type of fire — particularly in the Rural/Residential
interface.

Action
The proposed guideline shall be;
    1) The area identified as coastline will be inspected by early November, with
       “Notices to Clear” issued by mid November. All properties identified shall be
       cleared by early December,
    2) All other areas shall be inspected by the first week of December, with “Notices
       to Clear” issued by Christmas. All properties identified shall be cleared by the
       end of the first week of January,
    3) Notices shall define the extent of works required, generally in accordance with
       the standards listed below and at the discretion of the MFPO,
The amount of work and the standard to be achieved for a fire hazard clearance
notice on a property will be finally dependent on the condition of the property and the
requirements of the MFPO. In general terms the following work standards will be the
minimum standard required to provide a satisfactory and practical fuel reduction
level;
    1) Standard residential size allotment:
              Grass and weeds cut over the whole of the land described, to a
              maximum height of 75mm above the natural surface of the ground
              (removed if deemed necessary by the MFPO),
              Grass and weeds cut over a defined section of the land (e.g. the rear),
              to a maximum height of 75mm above the natural surface of the ground
              (removed if deemed necessary by the MFPO),
              Specified material to be removed from a defined location on a defined
              site (e.g. stacked timber, heap of undergrowth, heap of cardboard
              boxes),
    2) Larger allotments:
              Any of the above, subject to determination by the MFPO,
              Where adequate stock are on or to be introduced to a property, a 5
              metre strip cut around the property boundary with the grass and weed
              cut to a height of maximum 75mm above natural ground will be
              required.
              In environmentally sensitive areas Council will promote the
              development of Private Landowner Fire Prevention Plans as a method
              to determine appropriate works.

Responsibility                      MFPO

Completion Date                    December Annually

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RESIDENTIAL
Strategy 2

                             Education of the Community

Community and Individual awareness of risk and vulnerability is often lacking,
particularly in the coastal tourist areas and in new residential development locations.
By targeting these with relevant and appropriate Community education strategies
awareness is raised and consequently people are better prepared to develop their
own property fire preparedness plans.

Action

Continue the Community Education/Awareness/Information program that includes:

         Annual production of a fire information pamphlet that addresses:
          • Legal responsibilities
          • Brigade information
          • Contractor information
          • Other general information

         Commitment to Bushfire Blitz

         Establishment and support of Community Fireguard groups

Responsibility                     MFPO, CFA (Region, Area & Brigades)

Completion Date                   Annually




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RESIDENTIAL
Strategy 3

                              Smoke Alarm Program

To ensure that the Community is aware of the benefits of smoke alarms and the
need to regularly test and maintain the alarms.

Action

Support a Community Education/Awareness/Information program that includes:

         Periodical media releases
         • Radio
         • Television
         • Local Newspapers
         • Fire Information Pamphlet

Responsibility                   MFPO, CFA (Region, Area & Brigades)

Completion Date                 March Annually




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RESIDENTIAL
Strategy 4

                        Water Supplies (Static & Hydrants/Plugs)

Provision of water supply infrastructure and the consequent maintenance has been a
matter of concern within the MFPC for many years. The following information
identifies the location of infrastructure, responsibility for inspection/notification to the
responsible authority and subsequent maintenance programs:

Legislative Powers

30. Powers of officers at fires

1) Where the Chief Officer believes on reasonable grounds that there is danger of fire
   occurring or where a fire is burning or has recently been extinguished in any urban or
   rural district the Chief Officer for the purpose of preventing the occurrence of a fire, of
   extinguishing or restricting the spread of the fire or of protecting life or property shall have
   and may exercise the following powers and authorities:

       e) He may cause water to be shut off from any main, pipe, channel or other works of
          water supply in order to obtain greater supply and pressure of water for the
          purpose of extinguishing the fire and he may enter or give directions for entering
          any land or premises and may take or cause to be taken water from any
          waterway, lake, lagoon, bore, dam, tank, main or pipe or other source of water
          supply whatsoever; and no person or body of persons having the management of
          any water supply shall be liable to any penalty or claim by reason of any
          interruption in the supply of water occasioned by any act matter or thing done
          under this paragraph;

96. Power to Authority to use water for fires and
drills etc. without charge

The Authority, the Chief Officer, any officer exercising the powers of the Chief Officer and all
officers and members of any brigade shall have the use free of charge of all water mains
water plugs valves pipes and works of water supply vested in or under the management or
control of any water supply authority public authority or body whatsoever and of all water
therein and of all water in any well or tank belonging to any person whatsoever for the
purpose of extinguishing any fire or for the purpose of drills competitions and practices
conducted by or with the permission of the Authority.

36. Authority may require certain municipalities to
provide hydrants in streets etc.

The Authority may by notice in writing require any municipal council any part of the municipal
district of which is supplied with water by a permanent reticulated water supply system to
provide a pillar hydrant or hydrants at any specified place or places in or near a public street
or road within the said part of the municipal district.




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Water Supplies
Adequate water supply for the purpose of fire fighting is integral to planning for fire
suppression. Water supply for fire fighting purposes is available from two sources.

   1. Urban areas with reticulated water supply. Reticulated water is available in the
      towns of;
             Leongatha                      Koonwarra
             Korumburra                     Poowong
             Loch                           Nyora
             Mirboo North                   Meeniyan
             Dumbalk                        Foster
             Fish Creek                     Toora
             Port Franklin                  Welshpool
             Port Welshpool

   2. Rural water supply;
      Rural water supplies can be derived from,
             water supply from nearby town supplies,
             hydrants on water mains from storage reservoirs to town reticulation,
             permanent rivers or streams,
             farm dams or reserved fire fighting dams,
             static water supplies (tanks),
             sea water (undesirable but usable),

Each Fire Brigade has developed a Plan of the sites available for rural water supply
that have been selected by the brigades as being permanent, accessible, reliable
and adequate sites from which to obtain water for fire fighting purposes. Plans
should be kept in an easily identifiable and available location at each Fire Station.

Static water supplies have been provided at various sites for the purposes of water
supply for fires. It will be the responsibility of the MFPO and the local brigade to
ensure annually that each site is in working condition and the tanks are full of water.
The sites currently with static water supplies are;
          Wuchatsch Reserve, Nyora,                    Darlimurla Estate, Mirboo North
          Waratah Bay                                  Venus Bay
          Sandy Point                                  Hedley
          Tarwin Lower                                 Yanakie
It will be the responsibility of the MFPC together with the CFA, DSE and local
brigades to identify any short comings in the adequate supply of water to any
location.

Fire Hydrants and Fireplugs

Fire Hydrants and Fire Plugs should all be identified in accordance with the CFA
publication “Identification of Street Hydrants for Fire Fighting Purposes”.




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Responsible Authority

   1. The water authority is responsible for installation of all fire hydrants and
      ground ball fire plugs.
   2. South Gippsland Shire is responsible for costs of installation and maintenance
      of hydrants and plugs.
   3. CFA is responsible for testing and operational use reporting.

Action

   1. Brigades must inspect hydrants as required by the Chief Officer’s standing
      order and report maintenance requirements to the MFPO on the appropriate
      form

   2. MFPO to arrange for maintenance in a timely manner following receipt of
      inspection reports

   3. Promote the “Adopt-A-Fire Plug” program

   4. Ensure that road maintenance contracts/guidelines include sections dealing
      with the reinstatement of fire hydrants and fire hydrant markers immediately
      upon completion of works

   5. Brigades supply maps detailing significant static rural water supplies to the
      MFPO. Taking into account the following:

         All weather access
         Dry weather only
         Helicopter access

   6. Council prepare a static rural water supply overlay for Councils Geographic
      Information System

   7. Council Promote and acknowledge the Fire Access Track Funding Scheme
      through appropriate applications and support for funding initiatives.


Responsibility                    MFPO, SGW, GW, CFA (Region, Area, BASO &
                                  Brigades), Vicroads

Completion Date                 June 2004




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INDUSTRY & COMMERCE
Strategy 1

                 Education for Industrial & Commercial Operators

Awareness of risk and vulnerability is often not recognized by Industrial and
Commercial operators. Targeted education programs can better prepare
organisations to deal with risk and vulnerability.

Action

Promote an awareness in local industry that clearly identifies the following:

   1. Need for Emergency Management Plans
   2. Responsibility to maintain essential services as required by the Building
      Regulations
   3. Benefits of good house keeping
   4. First aid fire fighting practices

Responsibility                     CFA (Region & BASO’s), MBS, VWA, BA’s

Completion Date                  June 2004




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PUBLIC UTILITIES
Strategy 1

                           Electrical Distribution System

Past history indicates many wildfires have been caused by electrical distribution
assets. It is essential that those assets are properly maintained and vegetation in
the vicinity of the assets is appropriately managed.

Action

That the responsible distribution company:

   1. Maintain their assets in a safe condition at all times.

   2. Manage vegetation according to the Code of Practice for Vegetation Removal
      in the Vicinity of Powerlines

   3. Report to the MFPC Statutory Meeting detailing performance standards
      against the Bushfire Mitigation Program

Responsibility                    SP AUS-NET, Private Landowners with Private
                                  Lines

Completion Date                     Annually




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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Strategy 1

                 Fire Protection on Public Land managed by DSE

The Department of Sustainability and Environment has the responsibility for fire
protection on public land as detailed in the Forests Act 1958 and manages this land
in accordance with the Code of Practice for Fire Management on Public Land.

Action

That the responsible Authority:

   1. Provide an annual report to the MFPC detailing the status of works listed
      under the fire protection plan for public land in the South Gippsland Shire

   2. Consult with the MFPC annually as to the proposed works detailed in the Fire
      Protection Plan

Responsibility                     DSE, CFA (Area, Region, Brigade), MFPO, MFPC,
                                   PV

Completion Date                   Annually




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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Strategy 2

      Fire Protection on Public Land managed by Appointed Committees

There is lack of policy relating to fire management issues on public land under DSE
appointed Committees of Management. Fire prevention on these areas of land is the
responsibility of DSE.

Works on these community assets would generally be supported by the provision of
time and resources by negotiation with local CFA Brigades.

Action

Committees of Management to be encouraged to develop Fire/Vegetation
Management Plans in cooperation with DSE and the MFPC.

Responsibility                   DSE, COM

Completion Date                October 2003




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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Strategy 3

                 Fire Protection on Council Bushland Reserves

Council is the owner of various areas of natural bushland reserves. Some of these
reserves are close to towns and others located in rural areas.

Council has a responsibility to the Community to ensure that all bushland reserves
be managed in a way that recognizes fire prevention strategies.

Action

That Council:
   1. Identify and list all Bushland Reserves in the Municipality
   2. Prepare management plans that address fire management issues

Responsibility                   Point 1   MFPO, EO and MPG
                                 Point 2   MFPO and EO

Completion Date                 September 2004, On-going




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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Strategy 4

                             Grand Ridge Plantations

Grand Ridge Plantations (GRP) are a commercial timber production and harvesting
enterprise operating across Gippsland with large landholdings including leased
public land and private land in South Gippsland Shire. GRP operate their holdings in
accordance with the Code of Practice for Forest Management.

Action

   1. Approach GRP to request representation on the SGS MFPC.
   2. Request a copy of their Fire Management strategy and include as an
      associated document to this MFPP.
   3. Provide an annual report to the MFPC detailing the status of works listed
      under the Fire Management Strategy

Responsibility                   MFPO, GRP

Completion Date                 Aug 2003




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PUBLIC ACCOMODATION/ASSEMBLY
Strategy 1

          Fire Safety in Schools, Pre Schools & Child Minding Centres

There is a need to address fire prevention, fire suppression, staff training and
emergency management in general where children congregate in Schools, Pre
Schools & Child Minding Centres


Action

That Council:
   1. Identify and list all Schools, Pre Schools & Child Minding Centres in the
      Municipality
   2. Request the managing Authority of the identified institutions to ensure that:
         a. School Emergency Management plans are in place and audited
         b. Emergency response equipment is in place and maintained
         c. Buildings comply with the Building Act 1993 and the Building
              Regulations 1994
         d. A report is provided to the MFPC on an annual basis

Responsibility                    Point 1   MFPO and MBS
                                  Point 2   MFPO, DE&T, DHS & Council

Completion Date                  Jan 2004, On-going




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PUBLIC ACCOMODATION/ASSEMBLY
Strategy 2

              Fire Safety at Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds

Due to the transient nature of the residents and customers at these facilities,
situations could arise where fire prevention strategies may be compromised due to
lack of awareness and resourcing by proprietors.

Action

That Council:
   1. Identify and list all Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds in the Municipality

   2. Ensure that:
      a. All facilities comply with the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1998
      b. That fire management plans are in place and prepared in accordance with
         CFA guidelines
      c. A report is provided to the MFPC on an annual basis


Responsibility                   Point 1   MFPO and EHO
                                 Point 2   EHO and DSE

Completion Date                 June 2003, Annually




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PUBLIC ACCOMODATION/ASSEMBLY
Strategy 3

          Fire Safety at Nursing Homes, Retirement Units and Hostels

These facilities present a particular risk due to the physical capabilities of residents,
number of residents concerned and possible limitations of staff levels at certain times
of the day or night.

Action

That Council:
   1. Identify and list all Nursing Homes, Retirement Units and Hostels in the
      Municipality

   2. Assess all facilities on the list and rate all facilities according to level of risk
      eg. High, Medium & Low fire risk

   3. Prepare a program to address high risk facilities

   4. Provide a report to the MFPC on an annual basis

Responsibility                      Point 1    MFPO, EHO, MBS
                                    Point 2    MFPO, MBS, CFA
                                    Point 3    MBS, DHS

Completion Date                    October 2003, Annually




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PUBLIC ACCOMODATION/ASSEMBLY
Strategy 4

  Fire Safety at Sports Grounds/Clubs, Gaming Venues, Night Clubs & Hotels

These facilities are identified as at risk due to the possible gathering of people who,
at times, may be in a state of intoxication. This can create difficulties in relation to
evacuation, communication and general community safety.

Action

That Council:
   1. Identify and list all Sports Grounds/Clubs, Gaming Venues, Night Clubs &
      Hotels in the Municipality

   2. Assess all facilities on the list and rate all facilities according to level of risk
      eg. High, Medium & Low fire risk

   3. Prepare a program to address high risk venues

   4. Provide a report to the MFPC on an annual basis

Responsibility                      Point 1          MFPO, MBS
                                    Point 2          MFPO, MBS, CFA
                                    Points 3 & 4     MBS

Completion Date                    Jan 2004, Annually




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PUBLIC ACCOMODATION/ASSEMBLY
Strategy 5

                               Fire Safety at Public Halls

These facilities are identified as at risk due to varying management responsibilities,
possible large numbers of people and various ages of buildings. Many of these
buildings would have been constructed prior to modern fire resistant construction
methods. In many cases these buildings are of great sentimental value to
Communities as they are the only remaining Community buildings in their area.

Action

That Council:
   1. Identify and list all Public Halls in the Municipality

   2. Assess all facilities on the list and rate all facilities according to level of risk
      including both structural and vegetation management. eg. High, Medium &
      Low fire risk

   3. Prepare a program to address high risk buildings

   4. Provide a report to the MFPC on an annual basis

Responsibility                      Point 1          MFPO
                                    Point 2          MFPO, MBS, CFA
                                    Points 3 & 4     MBS

Completion Date                    April 2004, Annually




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TOURISM
Strategy 1

                                  Visitor Education

The MFPC have identified issues regarding the fire safety message being delivered
to tourists and visitors to the Municipality. These people would include back
packers, campers, general holiday-makers, etc.

Identified destinations would be Wilsons Promontory National Park, Various DSE
campgrounds, caravan parks and private holiday homes.

Action

   1. Identify and acquire appropriate material for distribution

   2. Identify appropriate methods of distribution

   3. Ensure material is made available in appropriate locations

   4. Conduct Community Education programs at targeted locations

Responsibility                    MFPO, CFA, TO, DSE

Completion Date                  June 2004, On-going




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DANGEROUS GOODS
Strategy 1

                                Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods exist in almost every risk environment identified in this plan. The
risks involve:
    1. Bulk Fuel Storage
    2. Domestic Fuel Storage (including gas cylinders)
    3. Paints, Solvents in the commercial and industrial environments

Awareness for persons handling dangerous goods and emergency services
personnel should be of paramount importance.

Action

   1. Conduct a public awareness campaign highlighting dangerous goods storage
      and handling issues

   2. Conduct an inspection/awareness program in all identified risk environments

   3. Encourage Brigades to identify significant dangerous goods sites, arrange for
      familiarization visits and develop response pre-plans

Responsibility                   CFA (BASO’s), VWA

Completion Date                 December 2003, On-going




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GENERAL
Strategy 1

              Membership of Municipal Fire Prevention Committee

The implementation of the programs contained in this plan will change the nature of
work carried out by the MFPC and will involve the activities of many organisations.
After some experience of operating within the context of these programs, the MFPC
may wish to re-examine the role, function and membership of the MFPC, subject to
the requirements of the CFA Act, to better represent the issues under consideration.

Action

Conduct a review of the role, function and membership of the MFPC, with one
objective being the continued and improved representation of major stakeholders.
Eg. Vicroads, TXU and South Gippsland Gippsland Water

Responsibility                   MFPO, MFPC Executive

Completion Date                 August 2005




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GENERAL
Strategy 2

                Structure of Municipal Fire Prevention Committee

The MFPC is established under Section 54 of the CFA Act 1958. The functions of
the Committee are defined in Section 55 of the Act.

The Act allows the Committee to be made up from members as follows;
        It shall consist of the MFPO (who is executive officer and chairman), one
        representative from each CFA brigade, one representative from each group
        of brigades, a representative from Council and a representative from DSE,
        The CFA shall, on the request of the Committee, appoint a representative
        from any public statutory authority and a representative from any local
        interest group specified by the Committee.
        The Committee shall conduct meetings in accordance with Section 59 of the
        Act.

The Municipal Fire Prevention Committee has evolved in recent years and the
following applies;
         The Municipal Fire Prevention Committee is the overall decision making
         body and shall meet once per year at a date to be set (usually around July),
         An Executive Committee made up of two elected representatives from each
         District Committee, the CFA Manager Community Safety Gippsland, the
         South Gippsland Conservation Society, the MFPO and Assistant MFPO’s.
         The Executive is to meet a few times per year or as required to resolve any
         urgent issues.
         Three “District Committees” based upon the areas of Korumburra,
         Leongatha/Mirboo and Foster. The “District Committees” to meet 2 times
         per year and to deal with all of the local issues. Issues of shire importance
         or requiring resolution are to be referred on to the executive or MFPC. The
         meetings to be chaired by the MFPO or an Assistant MFPO.
         Extra-ordinary meetings of any Committee could be called as required

   The Districts contain the following brigades and other members;
    1. Korumburra District:
       Korumburra, Kongwak, Loch, Poowong, Ruby, Leongatha South, CFA,
       DSE, South Gippsland Water, South Gippsland Tourist Railway and the
       MFPO. Six (6) brigades involved. South Gippsland Tourist Railway is a
       special interest group.
    2. Leongatha/Mirboo District:
       Koonwarra, Mirboo North, Neerena, Berrys Creek, Dumbalk, Meeniyan,
       Hallston, Milford, Allambee, Pound Creek, Tarwin Lower, Leongatha, CFA,
       DSE, Grand Ridge Plantations, South Gippsland Water and a Council
       representative. Twelve (12) brigades involved.
       Note: The Inverloch and Trida Brigades have a small portion of their brigade
       area within the Municipality, however due to the relatively small size have

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        resolved not to be involved in the South Gippsland Shire Council MFPC.
        They have maintained their network of information back through
        neighbouring brigades and groups. Grand Ridge Plantations are forest
        industry brigades as defined in the CFA Act and are classified as a brigade
        for the purposes of the MFPC.
     3. Foster District:
        Toora, Hedley, Foster, Welshpool, Fish Creek, Sandy Point, Yanakie, CFA,
        DSE, South Gippsland Conservation Society (SGCS) and South Gippsland
        Water. Seven (7) brigades involved. The SGCS is a special interest group.
        Note: The Great Southern Rail Trail runs through the Foster and
        Leongatha/Mirboo district areas. Members of the MFPC are also members
        of the Rail Trail Committee.

Action

Conduct a review of the structure of the MFPC.

Responsibility                   MFPO, MFPC

Completion Date                 August 2005




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                                                   Action Plan
     Risk                                 Action                             Responsibility Completion   Result
Environment &                                                                                 Date
  Stategy #

Rural 1         Undertake a review of the existing guidelines for roadside   MFPO, CFA,      Sept 2003
                firebreaks                                                   Vicroads,
                                                                             Council

Rural 2         Bush Fire Prone Areas/Wildfire Management Overlay            MFPO, MBS,      BPA Jun
                                                                             Council, CFA,    2003
                                                                             PM              WMO June
                                                                                               2004

Rural 3         Road Names & Road Numbering                                  MFPO,           Dec 2004
                                                                             Council, CFA

Rural 4         Review of Fire Refuges                                       MFPO, MFPC,     Oct 2003
                                                                             MEPC, MERO

Residential 1   Management of Wildfire Fuels in Residential Development      MFPO, CFA         Dec
                Areas                                                                        Annually

Residential 2   Education of the Community                                   MFPO, CFA       Annually

Residential 3   Smoke Alarm Program                                          MFPO, CFA        March
                                                                                             Annually




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     Risk                                      Action                             Responsibility Completion    Result
Environment &                                                                                      Date
  Stategy #

Residential 4        Water Supplies (Static & Hydrants/Plugs)                     MFPO, CFA,       Jun 2004
                                                                                  Council, SGW,
                                                                                  GW, Vicroads

Industry &           Education for Industrial & Commercial Operators              CFA, MBS,        June 2004
Commerce 1                                                                        VWA, BA

Public Utilities 1   Electrical Distribution System                               TXU              Annually

Natural              Fire Protection on Public Land managed by DSE                DSE              Annually
Environment 1

Natural              Fire Protection on Public Land managed by Appointed          DSE              Oct 2003
Environment 2        Committees

Natural              Fire Protection on Council Bushland Reserves                 MFPO, EO,        Sept 2004
Environment 3                                                                     MPG              On-going

Natural              Grand Ridge Plantations                                      MFPO, GRP        Aug 2003
Environment 4
                                                                                                   Annually

Public         Fire Safety in Schools, Pre Schools & Child Minding                MFPO, MBS,       Jan 2004
Accommodation/ Centres                                                            DE&T, Council,
                                                                                                   On-going
Assembly 1                                                                        DHS




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     Risk                                    Action                        Responsibility Completion   Result
Environment &                                                                               Date
  Stategy #

Public         Fire Safety at Caravan Parks & Camping Grounds              MFPO, EHO,     Jun 2003
Accommodation/                                                             DSE            Annually
Assembly 2

Public         Fire Safety at Nursing Homes, Retirement Units & Hostels    MFPO, EHO,     Oct 2003
Accommodation/                                                             MBS, CFA       Annually
Assembly 3

Public         Fire Safety at Sports Grounds/Clubs, Gaming Venues,         MFPO, MBS,     Jan 2004
Accommodation/ Night Clubs & Hotels                                        CFA            Annually
Assembly 4

Public         Fire Safety at Public Halls                                 MFPO, MBS,     Apr 2004
Accommodation/                                                             CFA            Annually
Assembly 5

Tourism 1        Visitor Education                                         MFPO, CFA,     Jun 2004
                                                                           TO
                                                                                          On-going

Dangerous        Dangerous Goods                                           CFA, VWA,      Dec 2003
Goods 1                                                                    BASO’s
                                                                                          On-going

General 1        Membership of Municipal Fire Prevention Committee         MFPO, MFPC     Aug 2005

General 2        Structure of Municipal Fire Prevention Committee          MFPO           Aug 2005




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                                            APPENDICES
Appendix A   Shire Map




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Appendix B   Strategic Firebreaks Map




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Appendix C   Fire Season Sign Locations Map




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Appendix D                        Plan Review Record
     SECTION                PAGE AMENDMENT                   DATE       INSERTED
                                   DESCRIPTION                             BY
      Rural Srat 1            14   Implement                 Oct 03       MFPO
                                   recommendations from
                                   roadside firebreaks
                                   review
 Rural Srat 1 Guidelines     15 to Amended Firebreak         Oct 03        MFPO
                              17   guidelines
       Public                 34   Amended Srategy           Oct 03        MFPO
accommodation/Assembly
     Appendix F              51    Addition of Associated    Aug 04        MFPO
                                   Publication
         Appendix I          54    Deletion of Fire Refuge   Sept 04      MFPO/
                                   Locations                              Council
                                                                          Decision
     Abbreviations            4    Delete TXU, Add SP        Aug 05       MFPO
                                   AUS-NET
 Electrical Distribution     28    Delete TXU, Add SP        Aug 05        MFPO
         System                    AUS-NET
      Appendix F             51    Addition of Associated    Aug 06        MFPO
                                   Publication
         Appendix C          48    Addition of FDP           Aug 08        MFPO
                                   signage to Hallston
                                   Area
      Plan Review            11    Insertion of motion       Aug 08        MFPO
                                   dealing with plan
                                   review protocols.




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    Appendix E                             Plan Distribution Record

NUMBER
   OF                                                                        AMENDMENT
                          PLAN ISSUED TO                              DATE
 COPIES                                                                         SENT
 ISSUED
    26  Country Fire Authority – Brigades
   3         Country Fire Authority – Group Officers
   1         Country Fire Authority – Region 9 HQ
   1         Country Fire Authority – Manager Community Safety
   2         Country Fire Authority – BASO’s
   1         Department of Sustainability & Environment – Yarram
   1         Municipal Emergency Management Committee
   1         Municipal Emergency Resource Officer
   5         Neighbouring Municipalities
   1         SGSC - CEO
   1         SGSC – Environmental Officer
   1         SGSC – Planning Manager
   1         SGSC – Environmental Health Officer
   1         SGSC – Building Surveyor
   1         SGSC – Tourism Officer
   1         South Gippsland Conservation Society
   1         Vicroads, Regional Office, Traralgon
   2         Water Authorities: South Gippsland Water Authority
                               Gippsland Water
   1         West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
   1         Department of Education & Training
   1         Department of Human Services
   1         TXU
   1         Grand Ridge Plantations




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           Appendix F                       Associated Publications

              1.    Country Fire Authority Act 1958
              2.    Country Fire Authority Regulations 1992
              3.    Identification of Street Hydrants for Firefighting Purposes (CFA)
              4.    Roadside Fire Management Guidelines (CFA)
              5.    South Gippsland Shire Roadside Management Plan
              6.    Vicroads – Code of Practice for Fire Prevention on Declared Roads
              7.    Koonwarra Bushland Reserve Fire Management Plan
              8.    Foster-Promontory Road Fire Management Plan
              9.    Kongwak Pioneer Reserve Fire Management Plan
              10.   South Gippsland Railway – Right of Way Maintenance Policy
              11.   Emergency Response Plan for Wildfire at McDonalds Track Nyora
              12.   Emergency Response Plan for Wildfire at Venus Bay
              13.   Code of Pracice for Vegetation Management under Power lines
              14.   Code of Practice for Fire Management on Public Land
              15.   Forests Act 1958
Point 20      16.   Building Act 1993
inserted
Aug 04        17.   Building Regulations 1994
MFPC          18.   Dangerous Goods Regulations 2000
action
              19.   Residential Tenancies Act and Regulations
              20.   The Great Southern Rail Trail Vegetation Management Plan Jan 2004
Point 21
inserted      21.   Toora Wind Farm Operations Plan (copy to be supplied when
Aug 06              available)
MFPC
action




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Appendix G                 Fire Hazard Clearance Contractors

                            SEASON 2007/2008


Area 1   Welshpool/Port Welshpool
Area 2   Foster/Toora/Fish Creek/Port Franklin
Area 3   Waratah Bay/Sandy Point/Yanakie
Area 5   Leongatha/Koonwarra/Meeniyan
Area 6   Mirboo North/Mirboo/Darlimurla

                        J & S Flynn Pty Ltd
                   560 Main Drain Rd Kooweerup 3981
                          Phone 03 5997 7303
                          Mobile 0419 977 560
                           Fax (03) 5997 7173

Area 4 Venus Bay/Tarwin Lower/Walkerville


                        J & A Harris Pty Ltd
                   140 Masons Rd Tarwin Lower 3956
                    Phone (03) 56635286 & 5663 5296
                         Mobile 0438 635 286

Area 7 Korumburra/Kongwak
Area 8 Poowong/Loch/Nyora


                              Kevin Wylie
                      141 Mine Rd Korumburra 3950
                          Phone (03) 5655 2206
                           Mobile 0428 863 150




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Appendix H                 Notice to Property Owners

                       NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNERS

You have just received a Fire Prevention Notice (FPN).

The FPN is issued pursuant to the Country Fire Authority Act 1958.

This is not a notice that has been issued to all property owners. Your property
has been inspected by Council Officers.

You must do the following:

   1. Ensure that your property complies with the requirements of the FPN prior
      to the due date. (Details of slashing contractors are listed over the page)

   2. Do not ignore the FPN under any circumstances.

   3. If the details on the FPN are wrong (address or owner details) contact
      Council immediately on 03 5662 9252

  4. If you have just sold or are in the process of selling your property you have
     a legal obligation to pass the FPN on to the new owner or your legal
     representative.
What happens if I do not comply with the FPN?

   1. Council will instruct contractors to clear your property.

   2. Council will obtain photographic evidence to support the fact that Council
      has completed the work.

   3. Council will invoice you for the costs involved with these works. These
      fees become a charge levied against the property.

   4. Council also has the option of issuing a Fire Prevention Infringement
      Notice. This is a fine that is issued for not complying with the FPN. Value
      $204.50. This is in addition to the charges outlined in point 2 above.


REMEMBER THE WORK YOU DO MAY DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF LOSS
         YOU AND ADJOINING PROPERTIES MAY INCUR




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Appendix I   Fire Refuge Locations




                        Deleted




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Appendix J                     Permits to Burn

Following the declaration of a “Fire Danger Period” no person shall light a fire in
country area Victoria without authorization or direction as per the CFA Act.

The relevant reference sections of the Act are Section 37, 38, 38A, 39, 39A and
40.

The Authorization required for a “permit to burn” is by application to the MFPO
and the issue of a permit in accordance with Schedule 12 of the CFA Regulations
for Brigades and Schedule 13 for Individuals.

For permits to burn outside the periods identified in the regulations for Schedules
12 & 13 permits a person must apply to the CFA Operations Manager for a
Schedule 14 permit.



The process developed for the issue of a permit to burn is;
      • All applications shall be in writing made to the MFPO,
      • The Applicant will obtain comments from the relevant Brigade Captain
         prior to the issue of any permit. (An applicant may fast track the
         process by obtaining the Captain’s comments prior to approaching the
         MFPO),
      • Pro-formas for Brigade advice and comments are available from the
         MFPO or the Brigade,
      • If the MFPO and the Brigade Captain disagree regarding the issue of a
         “permit to burn” the application will be referred to Region 9
         Headquarters for resolution,
      • Conditions on permits shall be in accordance with CFA comments,
         MFPO
         requirements and in accordance with Schedule 13 of the Regulations,
      • A copy of the permit will be provided to the applicant and a copy shall
         be sent
         to the Brigade Captain,
      • If within 1.5 km of a State or National Park, DSE to be advised of the
         permit issued,
      • The MFPO will keep a record of all applications and permits issued.

For urgent and necessary works involving the use of welders, angle
grinders and other “hot works” on days of Total Fire Ban a person must
obtain a Chief Officer’s Permit pursuant to Section 40 of the CFA Act. This
permit may be obtained from the Operations Manager Region 9.




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Appendix K

                               Procedure for 'Application To Burn Permit'



   Application for permit
          to burn


                                                       Refer to Brigade for
                                                       permission to burn
      Applicant seeks
   permission to burn from
           MFPO




                                                                              Permission not
                                  Permission granted
                                                                                 granted




                                                        MFPO decision
                                                       regarding permit




                                                                                               Refer to Region 9
                    MFPO issues permit                 Permit not issued
                                                                                                HQ for decision



                                                                                Yes
                                                                                                      No


                                                   MFPO issues permit
                                                     with or without
                                                       conditions                               No permit issued




                                                  MFPO advises DNRE if
                                                  permit is within 1.5km of
                                                        Crown Land




                                                 Copy of permit provided to
                                                  applicant and applicant
                                                  must provided copy to
                                                     Brigade captain




                                                        End Process
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