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Burning red tape to protect homes

Clarence and Richmond Valley rural landowners will be able to clear up to 25 metres on their property from the boundary without onerous approvals under a new bushfire bill which the NSW Government are bringing to Parliament, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis.

“This is a direct response to the recent black summer and it will save lives and property,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“The NSW RFS will also be given stronger and clearer powers to audit and address bushfire risks, ensuring public lands are treated the same way as private land holders.”

The NSW RFS Commissioner will have the power to issue Bushfire Hazard Reduction Notices to public authorities in circumstances where vegetation should be cleared to protect lives or property.

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Rob Rogers welcomed the additional powers.

“These measures will empower community members to better protect their homes and property with as little bureaucracy as possible,” Commissioner Rogers said.

“The changes to the legislation reflect the clear recommendations from the NSW Bushfire Inquiry, and will help the NSW Rural Fire Service in its role to manage and better protect communities across the State from bushfires.”