The Safety on Public Land Act 2004 (Section 4(1)) creates a provision to declare public safety zones in state forests.

The intent of public safety zones is to:

  • Protect flora and fauna to allow rehabilitation of a site in a heavily used area. Allow for forest regeneration following a bushfire or other disturbance.
  • Protect water, soil, natural, cultural or historical values by restricting access to water supply infrastructure. minimise soil erosion following heavy rainfalls. Restrict vehicle traffic to a historic mine or other place of significance.
  • Manage public recreational activities by restricting access to allow preparation for public events. This may include car rallies, music festivals or orienteering events.
  • Protect sites where scientific or research investigations or educational activities are being conducted.
  • Allow the orderly and safe management of fuel reduction and fire suppression activities.
  • Protect sites where scientific or research investigations or educational activities are being conducted.

Code Red Fire Danger

We are responsible for the declaration of Code Red public safety zones. To locate overview maps and gazette notices of bushfire code red danger in state forests, visit the Closures of parks and forests page.

Planned Burning and other fuel reduction activities

We are responsible for the declaration of public safety zones for planned burning and fuel reduction related actives. To locate overview maps and gazette notices of current state forest public safety zones, visit the Closures of parks and forests page.

Timber harvesting safety zones

Active timber harvesting coupes are hazardous work sites that must be carefully managed to ensure safety. Significant public safety risks occur when unauthorised persons enter timber harvesting areas. Everyone has the right to work in safety. The government introduced measures designed to deter unauthorised entry into timber harvesting areas.

From 28 May 2014, amendments to the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004 (SFTA) became effective. The SFTA now provides for the establishment of Timber harvesting safety zones.

Page last updated: 17/11/20