Prepare. Act. Survive. Be Fire Ready

Bushfire safety in our municipality is a partnership between emergency services, State and local government, the community and individuals.

We need strong partnerships to better protect Victorians in future bushfire seasons.


Note : To report a new fire telephone 000 for Emergency Services.

What is the City doing?

We work closely with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) to prepare for the fire seasons.

Our Municipal Fire Prevention Officer works closely with the CFA at all times. The role covers:

  • Fire prevention inspections

  • Fire hazards

  • Fires

  • Smoke

  • Excessive vegetation on a property  

  • Permits to burn


What can you do?

Stay up to date

In response to the Black Saturday fires and the Royal Commission there is new information and initiatives becoming available (such as the new fire danger rating system).

Residents should regularly check the media and CFA and DELWP websites for the latest up to date information on how to prepare for the bushfire season.

  • View the latest information at the CFA website.

  • View the latest information from the DELWP website.

  • Find out about the Vic Emergency Hotline

  • Fire weather - The Bureau of Meteorology provides weather information including NEW fire weather warning forecasts.

  • During significant fires in Victoria, stay tuned to your local ABC radio station (774 AM - Melbourne) to hear fire updates, community alerts and other important messages.


Make your property fire ready for summer

The City of Greater Geelong encourages residents to Prepare. Act. Survive. Be Fire Ready for the bushfire season.

To prepare for the bushfire season and know how to respond in the event of an emergency, residents should refer to the CFA’s guidelines for summer fire safety.

There are new rules about clearing vegetation around your home and on your property.

  • Take a balanced approach to clearing vegetation – Excessive clearing is not always beneficial. You should know the rules and know what the real risks are before you clear. The CFA’s ‘Living in the Bush Workbook’ should be used as a guide before undertaking fire prevention works on your property.

  • Know the new rules – Download the new ’10/30 right’ for clearing vegetation around your home and on your property on the DELWP website below.

  • Talk to your neighbour – There are guidelines about shared boundaries.

The Department of Environment Land Water & Planning has fact sheets that explain the new rules regarding clearing vegetation on you property and answers to frequently asked questions.

Visit the DELWP web page Native vegetation clearing clearing regulations.

Questions about clearing vegetation on your property should be directed to the City on 03 5272 5272.


On public land

There are new rules about clearing vegetation if your property adjoins public land such as a roadside reserve.

  • Contact the land manager first - You should contact the appropriate land manager first before doing any work on public land including collecting firewood or clearing vegetation. Land managers may include agencies like Vic Roads, DELWP, or Council depending on the location.

The Department of Environment Land Water & Planning has fact sheets that explain the new rules regarding clearing vegetation on public land.

Visit the DELWP web page Native vegetation clearing clearing regulations.

You can ask us any questions about clearing vegetation on your property by phoning 03 5272 5272.






Print Page last updated: Friday, 25 November 2016