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Environment Hazard Control

 

Find out about environment hazard control on State (Crown) land and unmanaged reserves in Western Australia, including fire, vermin and weed control.

 

Fire hazard control

The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is responsible for fire prevention on unallocated State land and unmanaged reserves outside the metropolitan area, regional centres and townsites.

Aside from DEC's fire prevention responsibilities outlined above, local governments in conjunction with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) are responsible for managing fire on unallocated State land and unmanaged reserves. The department has a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with FESA for fire prevention on unallocated State land and unmanaged reserves inside the metropolitan area, regional centres and townsites.

In relation to State land not covered by the MOU with the department, and where there is no legal requirement for the State to abide by the requirements of the Bush Fires Act 1954 (Cwlth), the department seeks to be a good neighbour and to fulfil its management responsibilities.

Funds are budgeted annually for fire abatement programs on unallocated State land and on unmanaged reserves inside the metropolitan area, regional centres and townsites. This work is arranged by FESA, in accordance with its MOU with the department. Priority is given to large tracts of land considered to present a high risk to communities and to State land adjacent to urbanised areas (e.g., metropolitan Darling Scarp bushlands).

 

Vermin and weed control

The Department of Environment and Conservation is responsible for managing declared plants and animals on unallocated State land and unmanaged reserves outside the metropolitan area, regional centres and townsites.

In relation to State land within the metropolitan area, regional centres and townsites, funds are budgeted annually for weed and vermin control on State land, with the Department of Agriculture contracting the work out on behalf of the department.

 

Other hazards on State land

A small allocation is provided each year to attend to other hazards on State land such as:

  • Removal of dangerous trees
  • Establishing warning signs for disused mining shafts and shallow swimming holes
  • Removing abandoned improvements such as old buildings or vehicles.

If you require further information please contact us.