07 Aug 2014 8:22 PM | Anonymous member

The new 10/50 vegetation clearing rule came into effect this month, giving people living near bushland another tool to prepare their homes for bush fire.

The rule allows people in designated areas to remove trees within 10 metres of their home and underlying vegetation within 50 metres.

The community can check if it applies to their home at

Police and Emergency Services Minister Stuart Ayres and Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons launched the online tool in the Blue Mountains yesterday.

A copy of the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice as well as a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for your reference. Both the Code of Practice and FAQs are available on the NSW RFS public website.

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