Proposed fire control measures available for comment

In early 2020, following a dry summer period and ongoing reduced water availability on Norfolk Island, officers of the Norfolk Island Regional Council requested consideration be given to improving fire control measures available under the Fire Control Act 2000 (NI).

Proposals developed in close consultation with Council staff, including the Chief Fire Control Officer, are outlined in a discussion paper available online at

Some of the issues included in the paper include:

  • Using fires for cooking
  • Burning green waste
  • Requirements during a total fire ban
  • Preventative measures, and
  • Powers, offences and penalties.

If you would like to contribute, please send your comments by email to: by close of business Monday 9 November 2020, or in hard copy to my office.

Eric Hutchinson
Administrator of Norfolk Island
10 October 2020