Living so close to the beautiful bush, fire is an integral part of our lives on the Beaches.
Bush fire is also important for ecology. Fire in the landscape has shaped our natural environment and ecosystems over thousands of years, and many of our plants and animals are reliant on bush fire to regenerate and maintain their health.
Council works to reduce the risk of bush fire in our bushland reserves to protect life, and property and to conserve biodiversity.
The risk of bush fires cannot be eliminated, but their impact can be reduced by effective planning, bush fire management and working together as a whole community.
Council’s Role in Bush Fire Management
Council’s bush fire management is guided by the Warringah Pittwater Bush Fire Risk Management Plan 2010 and the Manly, Mosman, North Sydney Bush Fire Risk Management Plan 2010. These plans are strategic documents that identify assets at risk of bush fire and set out a five-year program of coordinated multi-agency treatments to reduce the risk to these assets.
The Northern Beaches Bush Fire Management Committee (BFMC) is responsible for preparation of the Bush Fire Risk Management Plans. Members of the Committee include Northern Beaches Council, the NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Crown Lands and NSW Police. The BFMC will be beginning the process of developing a new Bush Fire Risk Management Plan for the Northern Beaches intended to replace the two existing documents.
Council is responsible under the current Bush Fire Risk Management Plans for undertaking a range of activities to reduce bush fire risk, including: fire trail maintenance, vegetation maintenance, community education, maintaining controls on development, and working with the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW to undertake prescribed burning such as hazard reduction burns.