Have a great night BUT…


Please be aware of the following:

(1) For the purposes of section 27A(1)(a)(ii) of the Act, the use of fireworks on land and in the open air is a process likely to create a bush fire danger.
(2) A person shall not use fireworks on land and in the open air unless —
(a) all inflammable material on the ground within a radius of 3 m of any lit fuse or lit firework has been removed; and
(b) at least one fire extinguisher is provided at the place where the fireworks are being used; and
(c) if the fireworks are being used during prohibited burning times or restricted burning times, that person has given not less than 24 hours’ prior notice of the intention to do so —
(i) to the bush fire control officer for the district in which the place where the fireworks are being used is situated; and
(ii) where the place where the fireworks are being used is within 3 km of forest land, to the forest officer in charge of that forest land.

Prohibited burning


Burning is prohibited from yesterday (15 December) until 14 March in the dry sand area in the Shire of Waroona. This includes Lake Clifton. The Shire may extend this period if we do not get early rains.

Various people tried to have some controlled burning carried out in the National Parks and Reserves without success and both DPAW and DFES acknowledge that fuel loads are very high.

Fires have been caused by welding, grinding, overheated belts on ride on lawn mowers and many other sources. We all need to be extremely careful as we go about our daily lives.

It is also very likely that total fire bans will be imposed on days when the fire danger rating is severe or above. If it is hot and windy, please check the DFES web site at http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans/Pages/default.aspx to see if a ban has been announced for our area. You might want to bookmark this site so that you can find it easily.

Mobile black spots


Following is an extract from an email from the Peel Regional Development Commission. The Commission will submit a lost of black spots by the due date of 31 December. This is in response to the problems in Esperance and is a great opportunity for all of us to improve the service in our region. Please leave a comment so that we can pass it on for addition to the Peel Region list.

“The Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, today called for nominations of regional and remote mobile black spot locations around Australia to be submitted by 31 December 2015 for consideration under round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.

Nominated mobile black spots will be added to a national database which will be provided to mobile network operators as part of the round 2 competitive selection process scheduled to begin in early 2016. The Government expects to announce the successful round 2 locations by the end of 2016.”

Nature in Focus #44 November Sights

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  • Nuytsia floribunda - Christamas Tree, Mooja - Flower
  • Nuytsia floribunda - Christamas Tree, Mooja
  • Banksia attenuata - Candle Banksia, Biara
  • Xanthorrhoea sp. - Grass Tree with Honey Bee
  • Dasypogon bromeliifolius - Pineapple Bush
  • Banksia grandis - Bull Banksia, Mangite
  • Xanthorrhoea sp. - Grass Tree
  • Xanthorrhoea sp. - Grass Tree
  • Xanthorrhoea sp. - Grass Tree with Wanderer Butterfly
  • Banksia ilicifolia - Holly -leaved Banksia
  • Tricoryne elatior - Yellow Autumn Lily