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Fire Hazards and Outdoor Burning

Overgrown foliage, dry grass and weeds may become fire hazards over the warm summer months. It is essential to keep your backyard tidy by removing any overgrown foliage, dry grass and weeds - and you will help prevent any fires.

Fire hazards
Fire hazards during the drier months come from overgrown foliage, dry grass and weeds.

To report any fire hazards to Council or for information regarding the issuing of a fire abatement notice phone 03 6323 3000.

Litter costs Tasmanians thousands of dollars each year. It is unsightly, harmful to the environment and can be hazardous.
The Litter Act 2007 sets tough penalties for littering and widens the enforcement of the laws. Vehicle owners are liable for all litter coming from vehicles or trailers. If you are carrying a load on your roof, in your boot or trailer, please ensure that it is securely tied.
You can report a litter infringement directly to Council, noting:
  • The date, time and place of the offence;
  • The nature of the litter;
  • A description of the offender; and
  • The vehicle registration number, if appropriate.
For further information, or to report a litter infringement, call 03 6323 3000. Alternatively you can phone the Litter hotline on 1300 135 513.

Declared weeds
Council only attends to noxious weed problems in the urban area.
Declared weeds such as gorse and blackberries should not be allowed to grow along mutual boundary fence lines.
During the fire hazard season, gorse and blackberries should be removed if they are considered to be a threat to other property.
For advice on the removal of declared weeds call 03 6323 3000.
State Government Backyard Burning Regulations
Outdoor and backyard burning is governed by the Tasmanian Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994.