Harvest, Vehicle Movement & Hot Works Ban

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The Harvest, Vehicle Movement & Hot Works Ban, once declared by the Shire, prohibits all harvesting operations, all vehicle movements on a property (some exceptions apply as below) and all hot works such as welding grinding and abrasive tools within the Shire of Toodyay and are issued under Bush Fires Regulations 1954 38A, 38B and 38C and where a Total Fire Ban is in effect, Bush Fires Regulations 1954 24C.

When a ban is declared, it is advertised on ABC local radio and via the Shire’s Harvest, Vehicle Movement & Hot Works Ban SMS notification service.

Any of the above operations already underway when the ban is declared must cease immediately.

A Harvest, Vehicle Movement & Hot Works Ban remains in place until midnight on the day called or until lifted (revoked) by the Shire.

A ban may be called for the following reasons:

  • Unfavourable fire weather conditions
  • Depletion of firefighting resources due to existing firefighting commitments
  • Public Holidays (Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Australia Day)

    During a Harvest Vehicle Movement and Hot Works Ban the Shire permits:
  • Vehicle movement on a road or driveway that provides the most direct safe access to or a parking facility at, any residential, farming or business premises, if the area has been sufficiently cleared of inflammable material to prevent the escape of fire.
  • Vehicle movement for the purpose of prevention or attendance of an immediate and serious risk to the health or safety of a person or livestock where all reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent the use or operation from causing a bush fire – this includes, but not limited to, the presence of sufficient firefighting resources and use of diesel powered vehicles only.
  • Vehicle movement involved in direct firefighting operations.
  • Vehicle movement and works by Western Power or approved contractor undertaking essential service restoration where all reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent the use or operation from causing a bush fire – this includes, but not limited to, the presence of sufficient firefighting resources and use of diesel powered vehicles only.