Consultation for new bushfire laws

RFS Blue Mountains district manager David Jones and Member for Blue Mountains Roza Sage examine the draft Code of Practice for new laws aimed at giving additional powers to residents to protect their homes from bushfires.

RFS Blue Mountains district manager David Jones and Member for Blue Mountains Roza Sage examine the draft Code of Practice for new laws aimed at giving additional powers to residents to protect their homes from bushfires.

The NSW Government and Rural Fire Service (RFS) is inviting public feedback on a draft Code of Practice giving residents in designated bushfire areas additional powers to protect their homes.

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres and Blue Mountains MP Roza Sage said new legislation will allow homeowners in designated areas to clear trees within 10 metres of their home and thin vegetation (other than trees) within 50 metres of their home.

"With the consultation period beginning, it provides the community with a great opportunity to provide feedback," Mr Ayres said.

"The designated bushfire zone areas will be determined by the Rural Fire Service."

Mrs Sage said "until the laws are formalised, following the consultation period, existing rules and penalties apply."

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said "it's important when these laws come into effect that people in designated clearing areas understand their obligations.

"The code outlines these responsibilities."

The consultation period ends on July 21.

View the code at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

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