Burning in Townships


The Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 came into effect in July 2016.  This provides a legislative basis for air quality regulation and management throughout the state.

The Air Quality Policy was created by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to regulate air emissions, including those from wood heaters and burning in the open.

The intent of the Air Quality Policy is to better protect and improve the health of South Australians and the environment through improved air quality.

The introduction of this policy has resulted in a number of changes to controls relating to burning in the open.  To view current township boundaries : Barunga West Township Boundaries(4155 kb)

Most notably, there has been a change to Burning in Townships.

Burning in the Townships IS NOT PERMITTED.

Green Waste –

Residents are encouraged to use the Green Waste Bin where possible, or take waste to the Port Broughton or Bute Waste Transfer Station where Green Waste disposal is free.

Campfires –

The use of a brazier, chiminea or fire pit for heating outdoors can be used with Charcoal Only

Preparation of food or beverage is permitted within townships

Primary Production Land located within the township boundary-

Does NOT apply to burning undertaken in accordance with the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005.



Broadacre/Paddock Management adjoining township properties

Please ensure a fire-break is in place for all properties located adjoining township properties.To ensure the safe management and compliance of broadacre paddocks  boundary management:

  • a 5 metre firebreak is required for paddocks adjoining township properties; or 
  • a wider fire breaks around township boundaries, that may be up to 10m in width depending upon specific local circumstances.

Where clarification is required, contact Council’s Fire Prevention Officer on 08 8635 2107.

The following link may provide further information:  https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/prepare_for_a_fire/cfs_codes_of_practice.jsp