Council wish to consult with the community regarding the proposition to ban outdoor burning in all areas of the City, year round.

Outdoor burning of greenwaste and/or rubbish is an ongoing issue within the City area. This is a particular problem for the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) who have quite often raised their concerns.

In November 2014 Council Officers met with EPA, MFS and SAPOL for a round table discussion on this issue. The clear consensus from the attendees was for Council to consider a total, city wide ban on outdoor burning all year round.

Council understands that a proposal to completely ban backyard burning may be contentious to some people and applauded by others and therefore are seeking community input before deciding on a course of action.

While the proposed ban presents opportunities and challenges, there are a number of exemptions. These include:

(a) any fire within a dwelling;

(b) any contained fire used principally for the preparation of food or beverages or the heating of a potable liquid (conditions apply);

(c) burning charcoal within a brazier principally for the purpose of heating an area used for outdoor entertainment (conditions apply).

Council encourages the community to provide feedback regarding the proposition to ban outdoor burning in any of the following ways:

‘Have your Say’ on our website

Written submission:
Have Your Say On Outdoor Burning
City of Mount Gambier
P O Box 56

Feedback Form:
Mount Gambier Library
6 Watson Terrace

Email, subject: Outdoor Burning

Text to 0407 794 188

This consultation is now open and will close at 5.00pm on Monday 11th of May, 2015. We encourage you to have your say.

For further information please contact City of Mount Gambier, Director Operational Services, Daryl Sexton on 8721 2520.