A reminder to all members of the need to complete their annual “Application For Permit To Light Fire” prior to season commencement. Application form and explanatory notes are attached.
Application for a ‘Permit to Light Fire’ is made through your local fire warden. If unsure of your fire warden contact details they can be located via the “Fire Warden Finder” by using the following link https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/Pages/fw_finder.aspx. After receipt of your application the fire warden may impose conditions on a permit to reduce unwanted risk or nuisance to other people, property or to the environment. The fire warden may refuse to issue a permit if they believe that appropriate safety measures cannot be reasonably achieved.
Should a “Permit To Light Fire” not be secured members still have the authority to burn sugar cane in accordance with the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990 Cane Burning Notification provided all minimum conditions can be met. The Cane Burning Notification is one of two mechanisms available to cane growers to ensure that burning of sugar cane is authorised in accordance with the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990. The Notification issued in the Queensland Government Gazette on 31 May 2019, sets out minimum conditions for the burning of sugar cane. A compliance checklist is attached for members assistance in determining if minimum conditions under Cane Burning Notification can be met.
It is also a timely reminder of the importance of providing a safe working environment on farms not only for growers but contractors and employees alike. So let’s all stay safe in 2020.