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10 MOORABOOL MATTERS - COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER JUNE 2011
AUSTRALIA DAY 2010
Smoke from wood heaters and open fireplaces is a significant
source of air pollution in Victoria during autumn and winter
months. When wood is burned, very small particles and gases
are released into the atmosphere. These particles and gases
are air pollutants.
This pollution can affect air quality and impact on our health
and quality of life. Wood smoke pollution has a demonstrated
significant impact on the health or people who have existing
lung or heart conditions such as asthma or angina.
Wood smoke can also affect people’s ability to enjoy their
home and the outdoors and complaints of this nature are
some of the most common types of complaints received by
local government and the EPA during winter months.
Wood heaters and fireplaces continue to be a valued source
of heating for many people. For some Victorian households, it
is the only feasible form of heating.
If you use a wood heater, the most significant thing you can
do to reduce pollution is to operate it correctly. A correctly
operated wood heater will produce significantly less pollution
than one poorly operated. Correct operation will provide
more heat in the home and better value for money from the
fuel wood used.
Quick tips for reducing wood heater smoke pollution
Only burn dry, seasoned, untreated wood.
Correctly light your wood heater – get a hot fire going
quickly with plenty of paper and small kindling.
Never overload your wood heater by placing too much
wood in the fire.
Never leave your wood heater to smoulder overnight.
Do not adjust the control to its closed position. Doing
this starves the fire of oxygen, producing more smoke
and air pollution– and less heat.
Ensure that your flue or chimney is higher than your
neighbour’s roof line – this will help prevent smoke from
your fire entering your neighbour’s home.
Regularly check the inside of the firebox – look for cracks
or changes to the surface.
Regularly remove ash from the firebox.
Clean the flue at least once a year.
There are many types of wood that you should not be burned,
Treated wood such as treated pine used for fencing
Other items that should not be burned are:
House hold rubbish and plastic
Clippings from the garden such as leaves or grass
The cooler months are seen by many as an opportunity for
burning off around the property, but landowners are reminded
remain vigilant around fires and never leave them unattended.
It’s also important to keep their property maintained to a fire
safe condition throughout the year.
Tips to remember if you are going to burn off;
Before burning we encourage you to:
Obtain permit if required
Be clear about what burning will achieve;
Identify the risks;
Ensure that the weather conditions are and will remain
safe for burning;
Have earthen fuel breaks to contain the fire;
Be present at all times whilst burning;
Notify Vicfire on 1800 668 511 and neighbours if
required or if burning may affect them.
After burning we encourage you to:
Check to ensure that the fire is completely out;
Monitor the site for fire over the following few days; and
Where necessary rehabilitate the burn site or control
lines as soon as practical.
It is an offence to intentionally or recklessly cause fire and
recklessly cause fire to spread to vegetation on another
Permits to Burn
Moorabool Shire Council’s Local Laws may require you to
gain a permit prior to any burning off. This specifically applies
to Township areas within the Shire. Please contact Council’s
Compliance Department on 5366 7100 during business hours
if you are unsure of whether you require a Permit to Burn or
if you require further assistance.
ON TRACKS AND TRAILS...
The Bacchus Marsh & District Trails Advisory Committee,
formed to represent the community’s views on tracks and
trails in the region, is seeking new members to join the
The Committee meets on the second Tuesday of alternate
months to discuss the maintenance & development of tracks
and trails in the local area and reports its findings to
Moorabool Shire Council.
If you have an opinion on this valuable community asset, you’re
invited to be involved, voice your thoughts and represent your
community. It is only a couple of hours every two months to
help form policy and get involved in shaping your community.
If you are interested, contact Secretary Colin Evans, on
5367 7360 for more information.
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