Seven Wellington Shire property owners who failed to undertake last year’s fire prevention works on their properties have been fined $1400 each and instructed to pay court costs.
During coming months, another 25 property owners will face court after they failed to comply with last season’s fire prevention notices.
Mayor Cr Scott Rossetti said council sent fire prevention notices to residents who fail to prepare their properties for fire season.
He said residents who ignored notices and failed to clean up their properties could face heavy penalties under the Country Fire Authority Act.
“Seven of these property owners were convicted under the CFA Act in the Sale Magistrates’ Court last Monday and fined appropriately,” he said.
Cr Rossetti said this served as a timely reminder that all residents should act in the weeks leading up to fire season and prepare their properties.
Each year, as part of council’s requirements and obligations under the CFA Act, fire prevention inspections are carried out across the shire.
The inspections identify properties that need fuel reduction work to help prevent the spread of bushfire.
Fire prevention officers assess fuels on each property to ensure risks have been minimized.
Council officers will begin fire inspections early next month.
Cr Rossetti urged people to clean up now.
“Avoid a fire prevention notice,” he said.
“If you receive a notice, avoid the penalty and don’t ignore it.
“Please prepare early prepare now.”