Vegetation removal for bushfire protection on land affected by a conservation covenant
These FAQs deal with some of the questions that landowners may have about removal of vegetation for bush-fire protection purposes on land subject to a conservation covenant.
Victoria is one of the most bush-fire prone regions in the world. Victorian planning law has responded to the threat of fire, particularly after the 2009 Black Saturday fires and Royal Commission, by establishing a framework to manage bush-fire risk. A key consideration within this framework is the presence of vegetation in close proximity to houses or other buildings which can add to the 'fuel load' of a bush-fire and therefore increase the risk of damage to property and personal safety.
These FAQs are intended to provide information of a general nature only. The requirements relating to clearance of native vegetation are complex and may vary from property to property. For detailed information and guidance in relation to vegetation removal and bush-fire management landowners should contact the local Council or local Country Fire Authority ("CFA").