Bushfire can be a threat to life and property, even in urban areas. There are many things you can do to ensure your property is fire safe and fire ready. For more information visit NSW Rural Fire Service.
From time to time, controlled burns may be carried out in our reserves. A controlled burn is a deliberately lit, low intensity burn that is carefully managed by the NSW Rural Fire Service.
An unplanned fire has the potential to threaten homes. If you see smoke coming from a Council reserve and you have not been advised there is a controlled burn occurring, please call Triple Zero (000).
What we're doing
Staff from Council’s Open Spaces Team sit on the Bushfire Management Committee who oversee and manage Bushfire risk across the region.
The Bushland Management Team carry out regular maintenance on Asset Protection Zones (APZs) around our bushland perimeters where they are adjacent to houses and other assets. Council is also collaborating with Fire and Rescue NSW to develop a 5-year plan of management looking at hazard reduction works across the city in bushland areas.
Council will close Blackbutt and Bass Point Reserves in the event of a Total Fire Ban in Shellharbour and monitor key sites on these days. The closure of these areas during a Total Fire Ban is necessary for public safety as there is limited access in the case of a fire. It will also reduce the potential for fires developing.