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Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy

Council has reviewed and updated its Township boundaries so that the Policy can be applied and burning permits legally issued

The Light Regional Council has reviewed its township boundaries in order to apply the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 (Air Quality Policy).

The South Australian Government introduced the Air Quality Policy through the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in July 2016 to better protect and improve the health of the community and environment, bring the regulation and management of South Australia’s air quality in-line with contemporary practice and provide clarity in relation to the administration of air quality legislation.

The Policy also reflects new research on air quality impacts from certain activities such as garden waste burn-off.

There are a limited number of burning activities that can be undertaken without a permit, providing it is not a total fire ban designated day. These include:

  • Preparation of food or beverage where it only includes charcoal, dry wood or other dry plant material; and
  • Burning charcoal in a brazier, chiminea or fire pit for heating an outdoor area.

To apply the Air Quality Policy, the Council has reviewed and updated its Township boundaries so that the Policy can be applied and burning permits legally issued, outside of the Fire Danger Season. The detail of this can be found in the Council agenda and minutes for the meeting held on 24 January 2017 (this is available via www.light.sa.gov.au - Item 12.3.1 in the agenda for that meeting date).

Council included all residential areas which are (or will likely be) more populated and wherein burning activities can and do cause localised irritation and concerns. The changes are intended to maintain a pleasant living environment and minimise air pollution from smoke through the management of burning activities.

Council has retained the declared Township boundaries for Freeling, Greenock and Hewett and revised the boundaries for the Townships of Kapunda, Wasleys and Roseworthy. This change has occurred to align with growth for those Townships. It has also added a new area for ‘Gawler Belt’ in recognition of the further sub-division activity in Gawler Belt over the last 10-15 years and also numerous concerns expressed to the Council regarding backyard burning after the Pinery Fire, which supported introducing a 'permit-based' approach.

Importantly the changes do not alter the way that rates are applied to either Gawler Belt or any of the existing or amended Townships.

In accordance with its resolution, Council has gazetted the revised Township boundaries and they are able to be viewed at the following locations:





After the Fire Danger Season has finished (which is expected to be on 30 April 2017), a permit will be required from Council for burning activities if your land is within one of the Townships.

Outside of the Fire Danger Season, Council’s Fire Prevention Officer (FPO) may issue a permit to burn agriculture or forestry waste or vegetation if your land is larger than 4,000 m2 in area (1 acre or larger).

A written request is required to seek permission to undertake burning on your property and once received, Council’s FPO will arrange an inspection and determine if a permit can be issued. The Council’s FPO will have regard to what is proposed to be burned, the proximity and potential nuisance to adjoining properties and residences, the size of the vegetation pile and other factors.

For further information please contact Council’s Fire Prevention Officer on 8525 3200 or light@light.sa.gov.au

Media Release - Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016(340 kb)

State Government Air Quality Policy and Town Boundaries(246 kb)

For Additional Information regarding the Proclamation and Re-Definition of Township Boundaries please click below


Light Regional Council
93 Main Street (PO Box 72)
Kapunda SA 5373
Tel: (08) 8525 3200 | Fax: (08) 8566 3262