Residents are being encouraged to check the NSW Rural Fire Services (RFS) website following another revision to entitlement areas in Lane Cove for the 10/50 Vegetation Code.
In November 2014 NSW RFS announced changes to the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice and commenced a formal review of the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme in partnership with the Department of Planning and Environment.
As part of the review Council was asked to submit a revision of mapped Bushfire Prone Land based on updated RFS guidelines. The updated map has now been accepted and certified by the RFS, which will impact some of the previous entitlement zones in Lane Cove.
The entitlement zone is currently 100 metres from mapped Bushfire Prone Lane for Category 1 vegetation and 30 metres for Category 2 vegetation. Trees to be removed outside of the entitlement areas require Council approval.
The easiest way to work out if you're covered by the eligible area is checking the RFS website online tool at http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/1050-vegetation-clearing. The tool contains the latest information on areas covered by the rule.
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