Bushfire plans and policies

bushfire plans and policies  

In Ku-ring-gai, we are fortunate to be surrounded by natural bushland. However, severe bushfire can threaten lives and cause damage to property and the environment. That’s why we have plans in place to ensure the community’s safety. We are a member of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Bushfire Management Committee, responsible for coordinating bushfire planning in the local area. This Committee includes a range of stakeholders including:

To help minimise the risk of bushfire we:

Bushfire risk management plan

We have a number of policies and plans in place on what to do if a bushfire were to occur. Please refer to the related documents at the bottom of the page to download a copy of these.

Development in bushfire prone areas

If you're seeking to build on land in a bushfire prone area, your development will need to comply with additional planning and building requirements. You will also need to submit additional documentation with your application. Read more on development in bushfire prone areas.

Community protection plans

Community Protection Plans (CPPs) are a tool to help residents better understand bushfire risk in their community and how best to prepare for it. Not all communities will have a CPP; they are developed by the NSW RFS in close co-operation with Council and those communities at particular risk of impact from bushfire. This includes, for example, communities which rely on only a single access road and are therefore at greater risk of becoming cut off in a bushfire emergency.

CPPs are designed to provide communities with relevant and easy to understand information about bushfire in their area, including:

  • The level of bushfire threat to a community, such as a town or village.
  • Options available to the community prior to and during the impact of bushfire.
  • Access to the area, as well as ways people can leave in the event of a bushfire.
  • Current and proposed works, such as community engagement and hazard reduction, to help deal with bushfire risk.
  • Identifying important or 'at-risk' facilities such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes and child care centres.

North Turramurra Community Protection Plan

An information evening was held for North Turramurra residents in August 2016 where the draft CPP was explained.

Click here to view the North Turramurra Community Protection Plan – RFS presentation to residents (pdf. 6MB)

North Turramurra CPP - Bush Fire Preparation Map (pdf. 6MB)

North Turramurra CPP - Bush Fire Survival Map (pdf. 4MB)

Neighbourhood safer places

Neighbourhood Safer Places are places of last resort. They are open spaces or buildings that may provide protection from the immediate, life-threatening effects of bush fire, however, they are not evacuation centres and there is no guarantee that help will be available at these places.




Claude Cameron Grove

Open Space

Westbrook Avenue & Kintore Street, Wahroonga

Turramurra Memorial Park

Open Space

Karuah Road, Turramurra

Kent Oval

Open Space

3 Kent Road, North Turramurra

St Ives Village Green

Open Space

Memorial Avenue, St Ives

Robert Pymble Park

Open Space

Alma Street, Pymble

Regimental Park

Open Space

20 Lorne Avenue, Killara

Roseville Park

Open Space

60A Clanville Road, Roseville

North Turramurra Golf Club House


Bobbin Head Road, North Turramurra

Burt Oldfield Oval

Open Space

Rosebery Road, Killara

Sandakan Park

Open Space

Du Faur Street, North Turramurra

Hazard reduction burns

We work with Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to plan and carry out strategic hazard reduction burns. If you would like to conduct a hazard reduction burn on private property contact Council or the local Fire Control Centre. Past fire history including hazard reduction burns can be viewed on Council’s web map.

Planned burns for 2019/20

Proposal Name



Avondale Creek (pdf. 954KB)

Comenarra Creek Reserve, West Pymble


Bolwarra (pdf. 949KB)

Blackbutt Reserve, Pymble


Dalrymple Hay (pdf. 899KB)

Dalrymple Hay Nature Reserve, Pymble

Planning (NPWS responsible)

Glengarry (pdf. 910KB)

Bobbin Head Road Bushland, North Turramurra

Planning (contingency program)

Green Valley (pdf. 944KB)

Ku-ring-gai Creek Reserve, St Ives


Lindfield Gardens (pdf. 539KB)

Wellington Road, East Lindfield

Planning- 29 & 30th August 2020

Lourdes (pdf. 901KB)

Seven Little Australians Park, Killara

Prepared – awaiting appropriate weather conditions

Quarry Creek (pdf. 910KB)

Quarry Creek Reserve, West Pymble

Planning (contingency program)

Robin Ave (pdf. 957KB)

Comenarra Creek Reserve, South Turramurra


Note: Timing of burns is dependent on weather conditions and cannot be scheduled far in advance. See NSW RFS website for up to date information on scheduled hazard reduction burns. Actual burn areas may differ slightly from those shown on proposal maps.

Fires on private property

Aside from a small list of exceptions, you are not permitted to burn anything on private property without prior written approval from the NSW Environmental Protection Authority. Some exceptions include burning small quantities of dry, seasoned wood or proprietary barbecue fuel for heating, cooking or recreational purposes, and burning under certain conditions for the purpose of bush fire hazard reduction. Burning some objects such as tyres and building materials is never permitted, and the lighting of fires is prohibited in all Council reserves.

If you wish to carry out burning on private property for the purpose of bush fire hazard reduction, you must do so in accordance with a Hazard Reduction Certificate and Fire Permit. Contact Council or the local Fire Control Centre for more information.

Alternatives to burning

Waste such as leaf litter, grass, weeds, small branches and hedge trimmings can be composted or placed in your green waste bin. For the disposal of larger branches, Ku-ring-gai Council offers a free mobile chipping service four times a year in February, May, August and November. For bushfire prone properties, Council also issues a special voucher for free disposal of green waste at Kimbriki Waste Management Centre. Contact Council on 9424 0000 for more information about any of these services.

Alternatively, green waste can be taken directly to your local waste management facility, and a number of private companies provide green waste collection services.

Bushfire Risk Management Plan 2016 - 2021

Bush Fire Risk Management Plan 2016 - 2021 - Plan (pdf. 3MB)

Bush Fire Risk Management Plan 2016 - 2021- Appendix 1 (pdf. 70KB)

Bush Fire Risk Management Plan 2016 - 2021- Appendix 2 (pdf. 928KB)

Bush Fire Risk Management Plan 2016 - 2021 - Appendix 3 (pdf. 3MB)

Bush Fire Risk Management Plan 2016 - 2021 - Appendix 4 (pdf. 30MB)

Other key documents

Interactive bush fire risk management maps and treatment tables

Bushfire Management Policy (pdf. 454KB)

Bushfire Management and Prevention brochure (pdf. 837KB)

遇到森林火災的緊急情況怎麼辦 (pdf. 6MB)

산불화재 비상사태시 대처방법 (pdf. 5MB)