Guidelines for Good Practice
The Council has produced three guidelines for good practice to help people avoid the adverse environmental effects of outdoor burning and wood burners.
Outdoor fires can have adverse health and nuisance effects on people through excessive smoke and can damage property.
These guide provides useful information about:
- how to minimise burning
- the rules that apply to outdoor burning
- preparing for a fire
- how to operate a fire to minimise smoke nuisances
- what can be burnt and preparation of material for a fire
- where to get a fire permit
- how smoke nuisances are addressed.
Smoke from wood burners can adversely affect the health and well-being of neighbours. Winter air quality in Richmond is very poor and the main contributor is domestic wood burners. This guide provides information about the effects and how to reduce them.
The guide explains:
- why good air quality is important
- how you can operate a wood burner to reduce smoke emissions
- information about design and installation of wood burners
- maintaining your wood burner
- collection and storage of firewood.
Wetlands have a range of very important natural functions and values that are unique, scarce and important. This guide explains the values of wetlands and why they are important. It provides advice on how to manage existing wetlands or enhance the values of a wetland. It also includes information about where to get further advice about managing wetlands or getting assistance.