Bushfire Management

Willoughby City Council (WCC) has over 300 hectares of bushland with part of this area regarded as bushfire prone land. To reduce the risks that bushfires may cause to human life and property, Council employs a full-time Hazard Reduction Team.

Fire Ecology

Bushfires are naturally occurring events essential to the long-term health of bushland around Sydney. When bushfires take place, species with fire dependant ecology continue to contribute to the biodiversity unique to Sydney bushland. It is Council's objective to optimise the ecological health of bushland within the context of human and property protection.

Management Practices

Management practices carried out by the Hazard Reduction Team include the removal of fuel sources and preparing both hazard reduction and ecological controlled burns. Burning may be carried out by Council staff; with assistance from New South Wales Fire and Rescue when carrying out larger broad area burns. Restoration projects WCC has implemented using ecological burns includes the pdf format Explosives Bushland Reserve, Castle Cove.

The most recent pdf format Fire History Map details controlled burns, as well as wild fires caused by arson in the WCC area.

Proposed Hazard Reduction Burns

In accordance with the Bushfire Risk Management Plan and Fuel Management Program, the following reserves have been authorised for hazard reduction burns during the period July 2017 to June 2018. The timing and scheduling of burns is dependent on weather conditions. Residents will be contacted via post closer to proposed burn dates.

Burn Name Reserve Agency Proposed Comments
Melrose Street Mowbray Park WCC Autumn/Spring Completed 2017
Willis Rd North Arm Reserve WCC Autumn 2018 Completed 2018
Clive Park Clive Park WCC Autumn 2018 Completed 2018
Castle Cove Oval Castle Cove Oval WCC Autumn 2018 Completed 2018
Castlecrag Northern Escarpment Castlecrag Northern Escarpment FRNSW Autumn 2018 Completed 2018
Artarmon Reserve Artarmon Road WCC Autumn 2018 Prepared
Flat Rock Gully Flat Rock Gully WCC and FRNSW Autumn/Winter 2019 Prepared
Monkey Rocks Northbridge Park/Golf Course WCC and FRNSW Autumn/Winter 2019 Prepared

Plan and Prepare

It is noted that all residents that live in close proximity to bushfire prone land are responsible for their own property and are prepared in the event of a fire.

For more information on how to plan and prepare in the event of a bushfire visit the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Please remember that for your own safety you should not clear vegetation for firebreaks in Council reserves. It is illegal for anyone other than qualified personnel to carry out work on Council land. Note that it is an offence under s.20 (2A) (Div3) (6E) of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulations 2002 to undertake a hazard reduction on private property, except in accordance with an approval. To obtain a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate Application Form see the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Community Fire Units

Community Fire Units are volunteer teams that are trained to defend homes until fire brigades arrive. The following Community Fire Units operate in the WCC area:

  • FHP-015 - 140 Greville Street CHATSWOOD WEST
  • MHP-005 - 171 Fullers Road CHATSWOOD WEST
  • MHP-024 - Avian Crescent LANE COVE
  • MHP-035 - 38a Greenfield Avenue MIDDLE COVE
  • MHP-053 - 43 Headland Rd CASTLE COVE
  • MHP-172 - The Quarterdeck MIDDLE COVE

For more information about the Community Fire Unit program, complete the introduction module on the NSW Fire and Rescue website.