I refer to yesterday’s text message sent to members advising of local fire ban as per the attached document. Please be aware that all “Permits to Light Fire” that were issued prior to “Declaration Of State Of Fire Emergency for Qld” have been cancelled.
Any burning of tops and trash during current fire ban and exempt in terms of clause 6 will require a new “permit to light fire” to be issued by your local fire warden. Obtaining a permit to light fire for any other purpose will also be required once fire ban has been lifted.
If any members have any queries in relation to the latest fire ban please do not hesitate to contact this office.
BRIA Irrigators, Farmacist and SRA are having a water quality projects information meeting, which will be held 9am Thursday 21st November 2019 at the Clare Club. Invitation is extended to KCGO members who may be interested in attending.
Presenters will include project partners BBIFMAC and BPS, and the presentations will provide updates on the three projects funded by the GBR Foundation and other projects currently in progress.
Queensland Government updated/amended the Declaration of State of Fire Emergency for Queensland (attached) on Tuesday 12 November. These changes improve the capability for the sugar industry to use fire in standing cane, tops and trash during the declaration period.
• Fires can continue to be lit via the “Notification For Burning Of Sugar Cane” issued on 31 May 2019 (information was uploaded to KCGO web page on 11th November)
• If all conditions of the notification cannot be met, fires can also be lit under a permit issued by the Rural Fire Service Regional Manager, Tony Hazell.
• All permits issued prior to 9 November 2019 have been cancelled and can be reissued by the Fire Warden once the Declaration is revoked.
As stated in the Declaration the issuing of permits will be undertaken by the Rural Fire Service Regional Manager. To facilitate this, applications should be made using the application for a permit to light fire (attached) and submitted to Tony.Hazell@qfes.qld.gov.au
For all enquiries regarding permit applications please call 07 4796 9076.
Additionally the revised Declaration in Section 9 provides advice on hot works, grinding and other activities. These activities can be undertaken providing there is 10 meters of separation from flammable vegetation.
If growers have any queries please do not hesitate to contact this office.
NEW REEF PROTECTION REGULATIONS PROPOSED TO COMMENCE 1 DECEMBER 2019
I refer to information posted to our web page yesterday and have received additional information in relation to proposed “drop in sessions” being held by Queensland Government Staff. Sessions are informal and will provide members the opportunity to discuss the new requirements with Government staff, simply drop in at any point. Drop In Session is to be held in the Ayr on Tuesday 10th December from 2.00pm to 7.00pm, venue still to be advised.
DECLARATION OF STATE OF FIRE EMERGENCY FOR QUEENSLAND
Discussions with Tony Hazell, Regional Manager Rural Fire Service, today regarding the current “Declaration Of State Of Fire Emergency For Qld” has revealed that the lighting of any fire in accordance with a “Permit to Light Fire” issued pursuant to section 65 of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 is not permissible during the period of fire emergency declaration. However sugar cane growers can continue the lighting of fires in accordance with the “Notification For Burning of Sugar Cane” in terms of section 63 of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990, provided all conditions are met.
A copy of Notification and information sheet, previously posted to our webpage on 5th June 2019, are attached for members consideration.