We all love living so close to the Northern Beaches’ beautiful bushland, but it means we live with the potential risk of bushfire. Bushfires are essential for maintaining biodiversity and the ecological health of our natural environment. Council is committed to protecting lives, property and the environment.
Council’s Role in Bushfire Management
Council undertakes manual fuel and hazard reduction burns with relevant fire authorities to reduce the risk from bushfire impact and to benefit the environment.
Mitigation of bushfire risks in prone areas is managed under the Northern Beaches Bush Fire Management Committee Hazard Reduction Program with the NSW Rural Fire Service and other agencies. It is reviewed annually to identify and assess hazard management for the area. Fire regime management plans are also in place for many of our bushland reserves.
Residents can contact Terrey Hills RFS on 9450 3000 or can log onto their website and raise a request and the RFS Community Safety Officer will complete a site visit and advise the resident and Council if works are required.
What you can do to Protect your Family and Home
There’s nothing like being prepared and knowing what’s happening. Council and the NSW RFS recommend you have a Bush Fire Survival Plan to help reduce the risk to your family and home. The NSW RFS website has the latest information on hazard reduction burning, current bushfire alerts and bushfire survival planning or call 1800 679 737 for more information.
10/50 Vegetation Legislation
It is crucial our bushland and native trees are protected and retained on private properties in order to preserve our beautiful natural environment for the future.
Under 10/50 Legislation some clearing of vegetation is allowed if your property is mapped in the 10/50 entitlement area. However, you must fully comply with all required conditions for your property or penalties apply.
Bush Fire Prone Land Mapping
Bush fire prone land is land that has been identified by Council which can support a bush fire or is subject to bush fire attack. Bush fire prone land maps that cover the Northern Beaches local government area are available for download below. These maps are prepared by Council and certified by the Commissioner of the NSW RFS.
Council is currently updating bush fire prone land mapping. The new map will soon be on public exhibition and available for comment on Have Your Say.