Tagged: Bushfire

Backyard burning do’s and don’ts

March 27, 2019Posted in: Environment, Other

Wingecarribee Shire Council, NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) are reminding residents of the need for continued fire safety vigilance despite the pending close of the Bushfire Danger Period. “The last official day of the Bush Fire Danger Period is Sunday 31 March 2019,” said Superintendent Martin Surrey District...

Council’s Backyard Burning Map App praised at Environment Awards

December 21, 2018Posted in: Environment

Southern Highlands

Wingecarribee Shire Council’s recently introduced Backyard Burning Map App has taken home a major award at this this month’s NSW Local Government (LGNSW) Excellence in the Environment Awards. Launched in February 2018 the Backyard Burning Map App was designed in-house by Council staff in a bid to make the backyard burning rules easier to understand....

Bush Fire Danger Period starts early

September 3, 2018Posted in: Environment

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Ken Halstead is urging residents to remain vigilant to the threat of fire as the NSW Rural Fire Service brings forward this year’s Bush Fire Danger Period. “No one needs reminding of how dry the current conditions are,” the Mayor said. “In conjunction with the long-term weather forecast, the current dry...

Council urges residents to be aware of bush fire risk

September 28, 2017Posted in: Community

Wingecarribee Shire Council is advising residents and visitors to be prepared for bush fires while travelling these school holidays. The call comes as the Shire continues to experience unusually dry and windy conditions. Council’s Local Emergency Management Officer Amanda Lawrence said that travellers need to be prepared and alert to bush fire risk. The NSW Rural...

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...