Shoalhaven City Council (SCC) received funding under the Australian Government’s Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme (NDRGS) in 2010-11 to develop a site-specific plan to address the bushfire risk along the urban-bushland interface from Owen Street Huskisson, through to Emmaline Place Vincentia.
Council engaged GHD Pty Ltd to undertake the project along with Council’s partner agencies:
• NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS)
• Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA) – now Crown Lands
• NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS).
The purpose of the project was to review existing bushfire protective measures and recommend improvements that will contribute to an overall improvement in resilience of the community and their assets.
The Interface Plan (PDF 56MB) includes balanced options to mitigate risk in light of the project area’s physical, environmental and social constraints and provides clear recommendations for the improvement of bushfire mitigation measures on both public and private land.
Council is currently working in partnership with residents of the area to implement the actions recommended by the plan. For more information, contact Megan Birmingham, Council’s Bushfire Mitigation and Bushland Management Officer on 44293133.