Harvest / Hot Works / Vehicle Movement Bans
A ban on harvesting and the movement of vehicles in paddocks (except for the watering of stock) may be imposed when the predicted weather conditions - as classified by the Bureau of Meteorology - are rated 'Very High', 'Severe, 'Extreme' or 'Catastrophic'.
Activities not permitted during the period of a ban:
- Harvesting operations are not permitted.
- Any “hot works” (eg, welding, grinding, cutting, heating etc) in the “open air” are not permitted, (note—these activities are not permitted during the term of any Total Fire Ban).
- Other – use or operation of any engine, vehicle, plant, equipment or machinery in the area likely to cause a bush fire or contribute to the spread of a bush fire.
Activities permitted during the period of a ban:
- Movement of vehicles on “gazetted roads” (as described in Bush Fires regulation 24A(1) and Road Traffic Act 1974 section 5.1).
- Movement of vehicles on a lane, driveway, yard or other area that provides 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.
- Use or operation of a vehicle if it is 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.
- Use or operations of vehicles and undertaking of “hot works” by those persons holding a current Exemption under Bush Fires Act 1954 s. 22C (Exemption from Total Fire Bans).
- Gas powered BBQ’s are permitted to be used, solid fuel fires including webbers, wood fire pizza ovens are not permitted unless they are located in an enclosed area.
If you would like to apply for a harvest/vehicle movement ban exemption please click here for an application form.
To receive harvest/vehicle movement ban notifications via SMS please click here.