Formation of district-wide FPA approved
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has approved the formation of one large district-wide Fire Protection Association (FPA), called the Greater Overberg FPA.
According to the Greater Overberg FPA office, this means that the Babylonstoring, Overberg TWK, Sondagskloof, Swellendam and TW-Groenland FPA’s have now joined the region-wide FPA. As such, their 2013/2014 paid up members are now members of the Bredasdorp Vlakte FPA – which is already trading under the name, Greater Overberg FPA. The official renaming will take place after completing the next set of processes as determined by DAFF.
The Greater Overberg Executive Working Group, on which the chairpersons from all old FPA’s are represented, has developed a new constitution and decided on a membership fee structure for the Greater Overberg FPA. These have been approved at the Bredasdorp Vlakte AGM.
According to Henrietta Brock, GEF FynbosFire Operational Support Officer at the Greater Overberg FPA, invoices with the new fees will go out soon to all members, some with pro-rata fees to get members onto the same billing period. There is also a new option available that allows members to request that their FPA fees are invoiced together with their Overberg Agri accounts.
Members have already been contacted to provide their farm and contact details. Those members who do not have a copy of a signed membership form can fill out a new application form instead. She said members that have not been receiving emails from the Greater Overberg FPA office should contact her directly.
The Greater Overberg team will now start compiling an integrated fire management plan based on new FPA rules, build further capacity, deliver services to members and increase membership. Services provided by the team include to better assist and advise members on how to comply with the National Veld and Forest Fire Act and to organise basic wildfire suppression training for members.
A map with the new boundaries, as well as the new constitution and membership fee structure, can be found on the Greater Overberg FPA website: www.overbergfpa.co.za.
For more information, contact Henrietta Brock.
Tel: 028 425 1690 (ext 216)
Fax: 086 585 2348