Fire vegetation laws

Fire aware: Hornsby MP Matt Kean with Pete Griffiths, captain of the Galston Rural Fire Service at Galston station.

Fire aware: Hornsby MP Matt Kean with Pete Griffiths, captain of the Galston Rural Fire Service at Galston station.

NEW laws have been introduced that make it easier to clear trees and vegetation from around your home.

Hornsby MP Matt Kean welcomed the commencement of the laws which allow residents in designated fire prone areas including The Hills to protect their homes from bushfires.

Mr Kean said the new 10/50 vegetation clearing entitlement laws were now in full effect.

"The new laws allow people in the designated areas to clear trees within 10 metres of their home, and clear vegetation other than trees within 50 metres of their home, provided they comply with the RFS code of practice," Mr Kean said.

"Removing the need for assessment or approval will empower home owners to minimise fuel loads around their home in an environmentally responsible way."

The RFS has an online tool on its website where people can check if they're in a designated 10/50 vegetation entitlement clearing area.

People can enter their address or lot number into the online tool to see if the new arrangements apply to them. Copies of the code of practice can be downloaded from rfs.nsw.gov.au.

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