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Codes Of Conduct - Campfires and Toilets


* Always check for fire restrictions in the area you intend to visit. Fire restrictions are imposed for a number of reasons other than fire danger and local authorities should be consulted.  Remember, a Total Fire Ban is applicable to all types of fuel other than electricity, so be prepared.

* Do not create another fireplace where one already exists.

* If a fire pit needs to be dug, try to remove the topsoil as a sod and place to one side. When the fire has been extinguished and is not to be used again, replace the sod over the cold ashes.

* It is a requirement that the area surrounding any open fire be clear of vegetation for a radius of 4m. Spare firewood is to be kept a minimum of 3m from a fire.

* Do not use stones in the construction of a fireplace as they are prone to explode from the heat of the fire sending dangerous fragments in all directions.

* Use only dead fallen timber for fuel. Do not cut standing trees as they are a key part of the environment.  Do not use “treated” timber in a cooking fire. Alternative fuels recommended are Heat Beads, Stellite, gas and unleaded petrol used in appropriate cookers.

* Never leave a fire burning unattended. Even for short periods of time.

* Remember, a campfire is not a bonfire and should not exceed one metre in diameter and  0.5m in height.  Separate cooking fires may be permitted if fuel is in abundance but should be kept to as few as possible.  Set a time at which combustible rubbish, food etc, may be reduced in the fire. Do not place plastic, foam, or metal objects in a campfire.

* When decamping, ensure that the fire is completely extinguished as residual hot ash or embers not only present a fire hazard but are likely to cause injury to animals. Dispose of cold ashes around plants as these will liberate nutrients in the soil.

* Use properly constructed toilets where provided.

* Self made toilets should not be less than 100m distant from campsites and water courses or water holes.
Individual toilet holes should be as deep as practicable to prevent excavation by fauna.

* Do not attempt to burn toilet paper in toilet holes. Bush fires have been started by this practice. Fill in hole with removed soil and compact as much as possible.

* Chemical toilets should be used in those areas where ground surface prevents digging adequate toilet holes or the soil is of a type that is not suited to such a purpose. They should also be used in those areas which have a sensitive environment and ecology that are easily disrupted. Waste from chemical toilets should be disposed of at authorised sewerage points.

Environmentally sustainable vehicle based camping is a shared responsibility.