We all love living so close to the Northern Beaches’ beautiful bushland, and fire is an integral part of our lives on the Beaches.
Bushfire is also important for ecology. Burning methods having shaped natural environment ecosystems over thousands of years and many of our plants are reliant on bushfire to regenerate and maintain their health.
Council works to reduce the risk of bushfire in our bushland reserves to protect life and property and to conserve biodiversity.
The risk of bushfires 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 Bushfire Management
Council’s bushfire management is guided by the Northern Beaches Bushfire Risk Management Plan. The Plan is a strategic document that identifies community assets at risk and sets out a five-year program of coordinated multi-agency treatments to reduce the risk of bushfire to assets.
The Bush Fire Management Committee is responsible for preparation of the Risk Plan. 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.
Council undertakes a range of activities to reduce bushfire risk, including: fire trail maintenance, vegetation maintenance, community education, maintaining controls on development and assisting the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW to undertake hazard reduction measures through the prescribed burning.