Firebreaks in the Northern Territory
Be prepared, install your firebreaks!
Is your property within a fire protection zone?
The Northern Territory has new bushfire legislation, the Bushfires Management Act 2016.
These changes affect the responsibilities of both landowners and occupiers.
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- must be a minimum of 4 metres wide
- must be installed around the perimeter of your property
- must be installed around your house or any other permanent structure, stationary engine or flammable materials
- should not have any vegetation more than 50mm high and free from slashed or dead material
- if your property is infested with Gamba grass, ensure that a 15 metre wide buffer free of gamba is also installed and maintained along property boundaries, driveways and structures to avoid its spread.
It's in the best interest of you and your community to ensure your property is ready for the upcoming fire season.
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Fire protection zones
A Fire Protection Zone is set up for the purpose of managing wildfire in areas outside of major towns in the Northern Territory.
To reduce the risk of bushfires in these areas, all land tenures have a responsibility to maintain their property outlined under the Bushfires Management Act 2016.
Your bushfire survival plan should focus on how to prepare, act and survive in the event of a bushfire.
More information can be found at SecureNT's bushfire survival plan.
Prepare for a bushfire by:
- making a bushfire survival plan with your family
- decide if are going to stay and defend your home or leave early
- include a plan for any animals you have on your property
- ensure everyone knows their role
- practice your bushfire survival plan on a regular basis
- prepare your bushfire relocation kit
- be aware of the different types of alerts and warnings.
Find out what the fire danger rating is for your area by listening to bushfire alerts on the radio or by checking online.
The type of alert you get will determine what action you should take.
The safest option is to leave early while it is still safe to travel.
If your bushfire survival plan includes the decision to stay and defend, only do so if:
- your home is built to withstand a bushfire
- you are prepared to the highest level and
- are physically able to do so.
If the fire danger rating is catastrophic or extreme, leaving early is always the safest option. It will not be safe to stay and defend even the best prepared property.
Last updated: 28 November 2019