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Permits for fireworks cancelled on Surf Coast

By: CFA News

Category: Community Safety

  12.23 PM 30 December, 2015

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CFA is revoking permits issued to licenced pyrotechnicians for New Years’ Eve fireworks along the Surf Coast and Otways in response to the Very High to Severe Fire Danger forecast in the region.

Barwon South West Regional Controller Bob Barry said CFA was taking the safety-first approach to minimise the risk of fires starting as a result of fireworks.

“We’re very disappointed we have to do this, but we can’t take any chances. The permits affected include licences for fireworks activities along the coast from south of Geelong to Apollo Bay.”

All permits issued by CFA to licenced pyrotechnicians across the south west are being reviewed. Melbourne and Geelong metropolitan fireworks will not be affected.

“We are preparing for Severe Fire Danger in the south west with hot and windy conditions on Thursday and Friday. Fireworks pose a significant fire risk under these conditions,” he said.

“We already have a significant fire in the area, and given the conditions expected on Thursday, there is serious potential for it to become active again. We are focussing our efforts on controlling this fire, and any additional fires will only make it that much more difficult to protect Surf Coast and Otway communities.

“Firefighters have been working around the clock on a serious fire at Wye River. Our resources are already stretched to the limit and the last thing we want to do is spread our resources further.”

CFA also wishes to stress that illegal fireworks represent a significant fire risk.

Police will take action against anyone using or in possession of illegal fireworks to help preserve life and property. You can be charged with a criminal offence, jailed for up to 15 years and fined thousands of dollars.

Mr Barry said residents should take a neighbourhood-watch approach and report the use of any illegal fireworks.

“We are facing one of the driest, most dangerous fire seasons for many years. The fire near Wye River is just one example of the difficult season to come,” he said.

“We’re asking everyone to do the right thing to stay safe and reduce the risk of fires. It might be fun to set off fireworks but each has the potential to start another serious fire.”

Superintendent Nigel Howard, Regional Emergency Management Response Coordinator reiterates Mr Barry’s view and said: “This is an incredibly important issue given the damage already caused by fire.

“Victoria Police will take a zero tolerance approach to people using illegal fireworks.”

Victoria Police encourage the community to report illegal sales or detonations of fireworks by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by submitting a confidential crime report to

Last Updated: 30 December 2015