Changes to fire management services
Council is making some changes to our services, following current COVID-19 restrictions. We’ve updated our fire prevention processes to ensure we’re keeping our community safe while protecting staff.
Council officers will now make every attempt to resolve issues by phone. Some inspections may need to take place in person, but only if necessary. In these cases, we ask the community to respect physical distancing recommendations.
This approach reduces the need for staff and community members to be in close contact. It also follows physical distancing advice.
We ask for our community’s help during these challenging times. By working together, we can keep everyone safe.
Travel for fire prevention
During this time, many residents may need to prepare for fire, flood or other seasonal hazards at their second homes. This has the greatest impact for some areas in regional Victoria where fire danger may be high.
The Victorian Government announced that owners may travel to second properties to prevent and prepare for hazards. Residents must apply for travel permits through the Council where their property resides. But the government has stated that travel to second properties beyond current restrictions (25 kilometres) should be a last resort. Property owners can engage independent contractors under current restrictions without attending the property.
Visit the CFA website
The Central Fire Authority (CFA) has important information about fires, including:
- total fire bans and fire danger ratings
- what to do before and during a fire
- help for elderly people and people with accessibility needs
Total fire ban days
A total fire ban day is declared by the CFA to reduce the likelihood of a fire starting and/or spreading on days when the weather is predicted to be extreme. The Total Fire Ban comes into force at midnight and lasts until the following midnight.
You must not light any fires, or allow them to remain alight, on days of total fire ban. This includes campfires or any barbecue fuelled by solid fuel such as wood, charcoal or briquettes. Find out what you can and can't do during a total fire ban.
Find out if a total fire ban is in force
The City of Casey is part of the Central Fire district. All of Victoria is divided into 9 fire districts.
To check if the Central district has a total fire ban:
Fire danger period advisory signs
Fire danger period advisory signs are located at major road entrances to the municipality, and at other strategic locations. They are provided by Council to inform the community that the declared fire danger period is in force, and to highlight the restrictions on the use of fire throughout the municipality.
For locations of these signs, please refer to the Casey Municipal Fire Management Plan. <LINK POLICY
Neighbourhood safer places/bushfire places of last resort
Some locations in high bushfire-risk areas have been identified as Neighbourhood Safer Places/Bushfire Places of Last Resort. These locations have been assessed by CFA and Council for their ability to provide some protection against radiant heat, one of the biggest killers in bushfires.
Despite the intense conditions likely to be experienced at a Neighbourhood Safer Place/Bushfire Place of Last Resort including strong winds, heat, noise, smoke and embers, they may provide some limited shelter to those under direct fire threat.
Locations in Casey
Neighbourhood safer places/bushfire places of last resort in Casey are:
- Blind Bight, Kestral Close & Petrel Close
- Endeavour Hills, Barry Simon Reserve (NE Corner) 10 Gleneagles Drive
- Junction Village, Recreation Reserve 1-3 Sherwood Rd
- Lysterfield South, Council Road Reserve (Melbourne Water Retarding Basin) 98 Churchill Park Drive
- Lysterfield South, Municipal Reserve Cnr Parkside Boulevard and Lake Park Court
- Narre Warren North, Municipal Reserve 100 Crawley Road (opposite Jack Robbie Court)
- Pearcedale, Recreation Reserve 720 Baxter-Tooradin Road (opposite Gracemere Court)
Find a full list of locations around Victoria on the CFA website.
Neighbourhood safer places/bushfire places of last resort are a last resort only
We encourage you to have a Bushfire Survival Plan and to practise it. If you live in a high-risk area, plan to leave the night before on days of code red catastrophic fire danger. On days of severe or extreme fire danger, plan to leave early in the morning and plan ahead about where you can go.
Whilst Neighbourhood Safer Places/Bushfire Places of Last Resort may provide some protection, they should only ever be a last resort for you and your family.
The safety or survival of those who gather at Neighbourhood Safer Places/Bushfire Places of Last Resort is not guaranteed.
Community information guides
Community Information Guides - Bushfire (formerly known as Township Protection Plans) are a key source of information for the community. They are also an important tool to emphasise the shared responsibility between the community, fire services and local government.
Find the latest CFA Community Information Guides for your community.