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Rural Fire Service 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice
Information about the the new Rural Fires Amendment (Vegetation Clearing) Act 2014, known informally as the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Act, introduced by the NSW Government on 1 August 2014, is available here.
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 RFS by lodging a Bushfire Hazard Complaint.
Any relevant bushfire hazard complaint in relation to public or privately owned land, as well as any further enquiries in relation to the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code of Practice, should be directed to NSW Bushfire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
Blue Mountains City Council has a high level of commitment to supporting bushfire and emergency management within the City, and maintains a close working relationship with emergency management organisations, such as the Rural Fire Service (RFS), Fire & Rescue NSW and the State Emergency Service (SES).
It is important to note that Council is not responsible for controlling the response to any type of emergency. Consider calling triple zero (000) if:
- someone is seriously injured or in need of urgent medical help
- your life or property being threatened
- you have just witnessed a serious accident or crime
For non-urgent assistance:
- Contact the SES on 132 500 if your property has been damaged as a result of storm or flash flooding.
- Contact the RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737 for updates on bush fire activity or advice on completing your bush fire survival plan
While Council is not an emergency response agency, it is involved in planning and preparation work to minimise threats to the community from a range of incidents. A brief summary of the bushfire and emergency management programmes are provided below.
As a land manager, Council undertakes a range of work relating to bush fire risk management including:
- Proactive fire hazard inspections for Council managed land;
- An ongoing program of asset protection zone (fire break) maintenance on Council managed land to lessen potential impacts of fire on adjoining premises;
- Working with the Rural Fire Service and Fire & Rescue NSW to deliver fuel management burns on Council land;
- Maintenance of fire trails on Council managed land; and
- Assisting the Rural Fire Service and Fire & Rescue NSW with the community awareness and engagement.
Blue Mountains City Council is a member of the Blue Mountains Bush Fire Management Committee (BFMC), which consists of representatives of land management and emergency service organisations within the City. This committee is responsible for developing and coordinating fire management strategies for the whole of the Blue Mountains local government area. One of the primary roles of the BFMC is to produce a Blue Mountains Bush Fire Risk Management Plan to guide fire management activities within this area.
Council plays an important role in supporting responses to emergency events, including the provision of specialist plant (e.g. water tankers), equipment and personnel to the agency coordinating the emergency response. Council also supports the Emergency Operations Centre if a coordinated multi-agency response to an emergency is required.
Blue Mountains City Council also facilitates and supports the Local Emergency Management Committee, which is comprised of representatives of each emergency service and other supporting agencies that operate within the local government area. One of the key responsibilities of this committee is to produce a Local Emergency Management Plan, which details arrangements to coordinate emergency response and recovery operations during major emergency events.
The following websites contain a wide range of information relating to bushfire and emergency management in New South Wales:
Bushfire and Emergency Management programmes / Blue Mountains Local Emergency Management Committee: contact Council’s Program Leader, Bushfire and Emergency Management on (02) 4780 5000
Bushfire mitigation works, fire trails and gates, and hazard reduction burning on Council managed lands: contact Council’s Bushfire Management Officer on (02) 4780 5000
Bush fire hazard complaints relating to any land: contact the NSW Rural Fire Service, Blue Mountains District Office on (02) 4784 7444
Hazard reduction applications and approvals: contact the NSW Rural Fire Service, Blue Mountains District Office on (02) 4784 7444