Owners of residential property in fire prone areas throughout New South Wales will have greater power to clear trees and vegetation around their home in order to minimise fire risk under new laws passed by both houses of the state.

Under a new rule known as the 10/50 rule, residents whose homes are within an area designated by the Rural Fire Service as a bushfire zone area will be allowed to clear trees within 10 metres of their house and shrubs and other vegetation within 50 metres of their house….