Bush Fire Hazard Management
- In the event of an emergency dial 000 (TRIPLE ZERO)
- Dial 112 (on mobile phones)
- Dial 106 (for people with hearing and speech impairment)
The Eurobodalla is fortunate to be surrounded by natural bushland. Living in and around such natural beauty requires Council and the community to be aware of the risks associated with bush fires to lessen the threat to life and property.
By following the Rural Fires Act 1997, all land management agencies are required to implement procedures to minimise this threat and we have developed a Bush Fire Risk Management Policy.
Eurobodalla Bush Fire Risk Management Plan
Another requirement of the Rural Fires Act 1997 is that we are to develop a Bush Fire Risk Management Plan.
This plan was prepared by the Eurobodalla Bush Fire Management Committee. The Committee comprises of representatives from major land management agencies: Eurobodalla Shire Council, Forestry Corporation of NSW, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Crown Lands, volunteer brigade members, fire fighting authorities and community representatives.
It is a strategic document that identifies community assets at risk and sets out a five year program of treatments to reduce the risk of bush fire hazards.
- View the Eurobodalla Bush Fire Risk Management Plan on the NSW Rural Fire Service website.
Community Protection Plans
Community Protection Plans help the community better understand how to prepare for bush fires. These plans are prepared by the NSW Rural Fire Service and not all towns and villages will have a plan.
- Further information about these plans can be viewed on the NSW Rural Fire Service website.
Reporting a Bush Fire Hazard
The NSW Rural Fire Service is responsible for inspecting bush fire hazards, providing advice and when necessary, issuing notices to landowners to reduce hazards.
If there is a bush fire hazard near your property, contact the Eurobodalla Fire Control Centre.
NSW Rural Fire Service - Far South Coast
Eurobodalla Fire Control Centre
30 Campbell Street
MORUYA NSW 2537
Phone: 02 4474 2855
- Or lodge an on-line report on the NSW Rural Fire Service website.
If we receive a written bush fire hazard complaint, we will refer the complaint to the Eurobodalla Fire Control Centre on your behalf.
Preparing Your Property for the Bush Fire Season
While the management of fuel loads on public land is an important aspect of bush fire mitigation, a well prepared home with an adequate and well maintained asset protection zone is a key element in defence against loss or damage as a result of bush fire.
It is recommended that all property owners throughout the Eurobodalla take appropriate action to prepare their own property for the effects of bush fire. It is also recommended that further information regarding preparation of your property and compliance with hazard reduction and fire permit conditions be obtained from the NSW Rural Fire Service prior to undertaking works.
For comprehensive information on planning and preparing for a bush fire contact the NSW Rural Fire Service, Eurobodalla Fire Control Centre or visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.
10/50 Vegetation Clearing
10/50 Vegetation Clearing laws are now in place which assist people prepare their homes for bush fires in NSW. The laws allow people in a designated 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area to:
- Clear trees on their property within 10 metres of a home, and
- Clear underlying vegetation such as shrubs (but not trees) on their property within 50 metres of their home.
Note there may be conditions that apply to approvals which will be determined when an online check is undertaken to determine if your property is in a 10/50 entitlement area. To find out more about the conditions and requirements of this law and to check if your property in a designated 10/50 clearing entitlement area visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.
Neighbourhood Safer Places
An Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) is an identified building or space within the community that can provide a place of last resort in a bush fire emergency. NSP's still involve some element of risk, such as travelling to them and while sheltering in them and cannot be considered completely safe.
- For a list of Neighbourhood Safer Places in the Eurobodalla, visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.
The following websites provide more information on how to plan and prepare for bush fires:
- NSW Rural Fire Service - First Point of Contact
- NSW Fire & Rescue - Household Fire Safety Information
- Bureau of Meteorology - Weather Updates and Warnings
- National Parks - Alerts and Parks Closures
For more information about bush fire management on Council managed lands in the Eurobodalla, please contact Council's Fire Mitigation Officer on 02-4474 7406.