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Bushfire risk management plan

CHANGES TO THE 10/50 ENTITLEMENT AREA HAVE BEEN MADE - Protect yourself by always checking the online tool on the day you intend to undertke clearing.     

The Shoalhaven district bushfire risk management plan (BFRMP) (PDF 7.74 mb) is a strategic document that identifies community assets at risk from bushfire and sets out a five-year program of coordinated, multi-agency treatments to reduce identified risks.

Treatments may include such things as fuel reduction burning, grazing, community education and fire trail maintenance. Annual programs to implement the treatments identified in the plan are undertaken by property owners, land managers and fire fighting authorities.

The BFRMP has been prepared by the Shoalhaven Bush Fire Management Committee and covers both public and private land. The BFRMP must be reviewed and updated within each successive five-year period from the constitution of the Committee.

Climate change has the potential to increase bush fire risk. The risk assessment process applied in this BFRMP is based on current climatic conditions however climate change information will be monitored and the process of risk assessment modified when necessary.

New Rural Fire Service 10/50 vegetation clearing laws

New laws are now in place that allows residents in certain areas to clear vegetation from around their home.

The new laws allow people in a designated 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area to:

  • Clear trees on their property within 10 metres of a home, without seeking approval; and
  • Clear underlying vegetation such as shrubs (but not trees) on their property within 50 metres of a home, without seeking approval.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (opens new window) has an online tool (opens new window) where you can find out if your property is in a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area.

The new laws are supported by the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice (PDF, 450kb).

If you are concerned that vegetation on land near you may be placing your property at risk from bushfires, you can request an inspection by an officer from the NSW Rural Fire Service by lodging a Bushfire Hazard Complaint (opens new window).

If you are not comfortable using computers or do not have access to the internet you can contact the Shoalhaven District office of the NSW Rural Fire Service by phone on 4424 4424.

Council's bushfire mitigation program

Over 100 sites are maintained as part of Council’s Annual Bushfire Mitigation Program. The program includes sites such as:

  • active and passive recreational reserves;
  • operational land;
  • road reserves; and
  • infrastructure installations

Sites on the program are slashed or mown up to three times a year throughout the bushfire danger period (generally August to May).  Indicative locations of sites on the Annual Bushfire Mitigation Program are shown and described on maps.

View the Council bushfire mitigation maps for your locality

Useful links

In 2014 changes were made to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 approving a series of maps marked 'Bush Fire Planning - Urban Release Area Map'. If you think this may affect you go to Department of Environment and Planning Bush Fire Maps for Urban Release Areas (new window) for details.

Find out more about your neighbourhood safer place (new window)

Are you prepared for bushfire? (new window)

Report a bushfire hazard (new window)

Consult the NSW Rural Fire Service website (new window)

Australian Plants for fire-prone areas

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