Tagged: Bushfire

Residents invited to have their say on backyard burning

April 10, 2017Posted in: Environment

Wingecarribee Shire Council is seeking comments from residents on its revised draft Urban Backyard Burning of Vegetation Policy. Council’s Manager of Environment and Sustainability, Barry Arthur explained the reason for the revision. “The Southern Highlands is synonymous with clean, fresh air and this policy seeks to ensure that this basic amenity can be enjoyed for...

Introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy

March 8, 2017Posted in: Other

Coinciding with the release of new land valuations from the Office of the NSW Valuer General, Council is preparing for the introduction of the State Government’s Fire and Emergency Services Levy. Councils across the State have been notified that new Notices of Valuation, which were determined by the NSW Valuer General, will be mailed to...

Working together for bushfire management

February 3, 2017Posted in: Environment

Mt Gibraltar

Wingecarribee Shire Council is urging residents to update their Bush Fire Survival Plan following concerns raised about the threat of bush fire. The call comes as the Shire continues to experience an unusually hot and dry summer. “Council is aware of recent discussions centred around Mount Gibraltar in Bowral,” said Council’s Natural Resource Projects Coordinator,...

Bushfire emergency contacts

December 22, 2016Posted in: Community

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Ken Halstead is reminding residents of the correct emergency contacts in the event of a bushfire. “Fingers crossed that our Shire isn’t threatened by bushfires this summer,” Councillor Halstead said.  “But as we’ve seen, it only takes minutes for a bushfire to spread out of control and threaten life and property.”...

Backyard burn approvals to cease from 30 September

September 16, 2016Posted in: Environment

Southern Highlands residents are reminded that Council backyard burning approvals will cease from midnight 30 September 2016 in line with the peak bushfire danger period. A Fire Permit from the Rural Fire Service is required once the Bush Fire Danger period officially begins on 1 October 2016. In the major towns of Bowral, Mittagong and Moss...