Firebreak Notice and Bushfire Information 2019-2020

Fire break notice Important Dates

Install firebreaks & reduce fuel loading on your land by 30 November
Restricted Burning Period 9 November - 22 December
Prohibited Burning Period 23 December - 14 March (commenced 2 December)
Restricted Burning Period 15 March - 12 May

Note: Dates are subject to change. You must confirm restriction dates prior to undertaking any burning. 


Your property must comply by 30 November each year

The annual Firebreak Notice sets out the requirements for residents and visitors in relation to reducing the fire risk in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

Please ensure you are aware of the requirements for your land, and assist the Shire and volunteer bush fire brigades by undertaking fuel reduction works prior to and during the burning season. This includes cleaning of leaf litter from roofs and gutters, clearing flammable materials away from buildings and haystacks etc for a distance of 20 metres, and planting fire retardant (resistant) species as part of landscaping. 

More information and permits to burn can be sought from one of the Shire's many Fire Control Officers who are listed in the Notice. The Shire's Rangers are also Fire Control Officers, providing administration of the Bush Fires Act 1954 and Regulations, public education and advice on fire prevention and bushfire safety awareness.

Please be aware that should you be convicted of setting fire to the bush without a permit, as per Section 17(6)(a) of the Bush Fires Act 1954, you may be penalised up to $5000.

Variation to Notice

A Variation to Notice can be requested if it meets certain conditions as outlined in the Bush Fire Management Notice.

All requests must be made by the property owner or person authorised to act upon the owners behalf.  Individual requests are required for each property and must be submitted to the Shire by 22 November. Application form here.

Variation approvals only carry over into future fire seasons if confirmed in writing by the Shire. 

Burning of Garden Refuse

You may burn one small heap (1) cubic metre, during the spring/summer Restricted Burning Period, between the the hours of 6:00pm to 11:00pm, without a permit. 

A permit is required to burn garden refuse during the autumn Restricted Burning Period from 15 March to 12 May. 

The new FOGO bin is emptied weekly and is a great way to dispose of garden waste.

Campfires, BBQs & Pizza Ovens

Campfires are NOT permitted at any time during the PROHIBITED Burning Period from 23 December to 14 March. Please note: The Prohibited Burning Period was extended and commenced on 2 December 2019.

During the Restricted Burning Period (9 November to 22 December & 15 March to 12 May) please observe the following requirements in relation to campfires. Use of wood and solid fuel BBQs and wood fired pizza ovens are permitted during the Restricted and Prohibited Burning Periods, in accordance with the table below.

Please Note: Campfires are NOT permitted on public land unless purpose built campfire pits have been provided by the owner of the land and permission to use them has been given (during Restricted Period only).

Fire Danger Rating

For the current fire danger rating visit Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) website or Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website

Further Information 

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Contact the Shire

Postal Address

PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512


66 Allnut Terrace
Tues, Wed, Thurs
9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Ph 08 9780 5255


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