Cabonne Council allows the installation and operation of wood heaters provided there is a S68 Part F approval under the Local Government Act 1993 No 30 and they meet Australian manufacturing and operating standards.
Wood smoke contains a number of noxious gases (including carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, a range of organic compounds, some of which are toxic or carcinogenic) and fine particles, which can become lodged in the lungs.
It is important that you always burn small pieces of aged dry hardwood visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/woodsmoke/drywood.htm for more information on using correct aged and dry firewood.
When starting your fire it is recommended that you use small pieces of hardwood/kindling visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/woodsmoke/heateruse.htm for information on starting the fire, maintaining the fire, checking and cleaning the flue and baffles regularly.
Everyone wants to wake up to a warm house but one of the worst things to be done is to dampen down the fire overnight leaving the fire overnight at a minimum air setting with a full firebox. It generates very little heat and lots of smoke causing pollution outside and inside the home visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/woodsmoke/smoulder.htm for more information.
You can find a handy Do's and Dont’s list created by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for the operation of a wood fire here: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/woodsmoke/dosdonts.htm
In Cabonne it is an offense to collect firewood from the road reserve. It is important that firewood collection is sustainable and does not impact on fauna which may use hollow logs or dead wood as habitat. People found to be collecting firewood from the road reserve may be issued a fine of $ 220 for every offense.
If you see someone collecting firewood from the road reserve contact Council on (02) 6392 3200.
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- Date and Time
- A description of activity
- Additional Information e.g. vehicle registration, model, type and colour.