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Published on 07 October 2021
Melbourne residents who own properties in the Colac Otway Shire that are located within a Bushfire Prone Area or Bushfire Management Overlay can now apply for a Letter of Approval to travel to the Shire for Fire Season Preparation from October 11, 2021.
“Fire season preparation is so important in our region and we appreciate all the work Melbourne residents do to maintain their Colac Otway Shire properties and make them Fire Ready,” said Colac Otway Shire Council CEO, Anne Howard. “This year, we’re also asking people to consider the pandemic and only travel to the area for valid fire prevention work in order to protect the coastal and hinterland communities they love.”
To apply for a permit, applicants must fill out an online form at https://www.colacotway.vic.gov.au/My-property/Fire-and-emergencies/2021-Request-for-Travel-for-Fire-Season-Preparation/2021-Fire-Season-Preparation-Travel-Permit-Application
Once approved, a pdf Letter of Approval and permit documents will be emailed. Some things to note:
“Before applying for permission to travel to Colac Otway Shire to get your property Fire Ready,” said Ms Howard, “please think about whether there may be a local contractor or neighbour who may be able to help conduct the work on your property for you – they may be grateful for the additional work, or might be more than happy to help considering the situation we find ourselves in again this year.”
For information on preparing your property for fire season, visit our Getting Fire Ready page.
To find out if your property has a Bushfire Management Overlay or is located in a Bushfire Prone Area, please visit VicPlan, type in your address and view the Bushfire layer.