Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans

Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban declared

Monday 19 February 2024 12:00noon – 5:00pm Harvest Vehicle Movement Ban Declaration - REG 24C - 19 February 2024

Tuesday 20 February 2024 12:00noon - 5:00pm Harvest Vehicle Movement Ban Declaration - REG 24C - 20 February 2024

This will be reviewed at 3:00pm on 20 February 2024 at which time, further advice may be issued.

During this ban please note both the Busselton and Dunsborough Waste Facilities are closed for green waste, scrap metal and mattresses, as well as construction and demolition waste, including clean fill material. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Protecting life and property is our priority. 

Activities NOT PERMITTED during the period of this ban

  • Harvesting operations are not permitted.
  • All off road activity is banned, regardless of whether it is for agricultural purposes or work being conducted by business, industry and public authorities.

Off Road Includes: 

  • areas such as paddocks, bushland, uncleared land and land with stubble or long grass refer to regulation 24ZH(2)(b) of the Bush Fires Regulations 1954.
  • anything activated by an internal combustion engine being used off-road e.g. motor bikes, quad bikes, excavators, chain saws, ride on lawn mowers and generators.

SMS notification system

The City of Busselton uses a SMS notification system to advise community members when a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban is being issued.

Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans within the City of Busselton are issued by the City and are put in place when your local Chief Bush Fire Control Officer identifies the use of engines, vehicles, plant or machinery as high bushfire risk activities, during particular times of the day. 

The foreground shows a blue tractor, harvesting a green crop on a farm. The background shows the vast landscape of the farm, with trees surrounding the farm in the distance.

Machine operators are responsible for checking if any restrictions are in place before undertaking harvesting on a property. It is their duty to make sure equipment is not likely to start a fire during a ban. If it does, a fine could be issued and there is serious risk of putting the property and community in danger.

A Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban can be in place for any length of time. It is most likely to be imposed during the ‘heat of the day’. The City can extend or cancel a ban at any time if weather conditions change.

Please note, Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban are different to Total Fire Bans, which are issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). Community members should not solely rely on this service for information related to bushfire events in their area and are encouraged to monitor emergency updates on ABC South West radio, emergency.wa.gov.au and via the DFES information line on 13 33 37. For life threatening emergencies call 000.

To receive SMS notifications to your mobile device of Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans being issued within the City of Busselton, please complete the online form below. All information will be kept private and for use by the City of Busselton only for the purposes stated above. There is no charge for this service. Alternatively, notification of Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans will also be communicated via an alert on the City’s website landing page and Facebook page. 

Please complete this form to receive SMS Notification for Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans to your mobile device.

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