The following comments can be attributed to City of Greater Geelong Director City
Services Guy Wilson-Browne:
1. Regarding the 1505 fire prevention notices issued as of mid-January – what time
period does this cover?
This number is from 4 November 2019 until 23 January 2020. We are still inspecting properties and expect to issue more notices.
2. What issues typically result in council deeming land a fire risk?
Excessive grass (higher than 100mm); branches laying around; a build-up of flammable
materials (cardboard, timber, rubber, old furniture, mattresses etc) and if a fire could spread
to reach a dwelling or other asset.
3. Are there any specific examples of fire prevention notices issued recently with
extremely dangerous fire risks discovered?
Some quite serious fire risks have been identified this season and they have been dealt with via our standard processes.
4. How long do residents have to respond to the notices before contractors are hired?
Our fire prevention notices provide 21 days for works to be completed. If works have not
been completed by the due date, a fine is issued and our contractor is engaged to clear the property at the owner’s expense.
5. How many contractors have been hired by council to carry out work on nonresponder’s
land out of the 1505 notices issued?
We plan for almost 10 per cent non-compliance each fire season.
We will recoup the cost of the clean-up from the property owner and may issue them an
infringement for the amount of $1652.00.