Bushfire Management Plans
Bushfire management plans aim to describe the objectives, strategies and activities for bushfire management within their respective reserves for the next ten years and provides further framework for continued management beyond 2020.
These plans address the protection of both life and property, biodiversity and conservation goals of fire management within the respective reserves. These plans also provide guidance on fire prevention and fire suppression strategies.
Seven primary objectives of the bushfire management plan have been identified for the reserves and are listed below:
- Meet Council's legislative requirements in terms of its public risk liability.
- Minimise unplanned (human caused) bushfires.
- Minimise the spread of bushfires in the reserve.
- Protect persons and property within and adjacent to the reserve.
- Manage fire regimes and hazard reduction activities to avoid extinction of species, communities and populations.
- Protect cultural assets from damage by fire and hazard reduction activities.
- To positively contribute to Council's climate change initiatives by providing planning to assist in the mitigation of effects accelerated by climate change and address additional risks to biodiversity.
Currently three Bushfire Management Plans are in effect within the Georges River Council Local Government Area (LGA) and these include:
If residents of the Georges River Council area have any concerns that bushland on or adjoining their property may be posing a bushfire hazard and require hazard reduction works, contact the Rural Fire Service on 8741 5555 for further advice.
10/50 Vegetation Clearing Laws
To confirm if your property has been classified as bushfire prone and may be eligible for clearing of vegetation under the Rural Fire Service 10/50 rule, please visit the Rural Fire Service tool here.
Please be advised that the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing laws do not apply to land within the former Kogarah City Council LGA. The NSW Government Rural Fires Act - Amendment 10/50 Vegetation Clearing came into effect on 1 August 2014. These laws only apply to land in a designated 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area. There are no Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Areas within the former Kogarah City Council LGA. Residents are encouraged to contact Georges River Council if they have any concerns regarding bushland behind their property.
Should you seek further details please refer to the Rural Fire Service 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice.