Tuesday 21st November 2017
Council’s Community Satisfaction Survey results in
Wednesday 15th November 2017
Wingecarribee Seniors Directory now available
Wednesday 1st November 9:00am - Thursday 30th November 6:00pm
Southern Highlands Arts Festival
Tuesday 7th November 6:00pm - Tuesday 28th November 7:30pm
Men's Health Month
Fires Near Me
The Fires Near Me NSW application has recently been updated. You need to check if you’ve got the latest version of the application installed.
If you are having problems with the Fires Near Me App please Click Here (external link)
Even though 'Get Ready' weekend is over it's still important to be prepared and ready for bush fires.
IT’S A FACT! If you follow the five simple steps to getting ready and have a bush fire survival plan you will reduce the risk to you and your home.
Working together we can all help make our communities safer this bush fire season.
Top five actions
Don't know where to start? You can:
1 TRIM overhanging trees and shrubs.
2 MOW your lawn and remove all the cut grass.
3 REMOVE material that can burn around your home (e.g. door mats, wood piles, mulch, leaves, outdoor furniture).
4 CLEAR and remove all the debris and leaves from the gutters surrounding your home.
5 PREPARE a hose or hoses that can stretch all around the house.
Just a few small actions now could make all the difference if fire threatens your home.
Take a few moments out of your weekend to make a start towards preparing. It might be easier than you think!
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre are conducting research in to recent fire conditions and are encouraging residents across NSW to take part.
This research will help the NSW RFS and other fire services across the country better understand the community’s perception of the bush fire risk and how people prepare for it.
If you would like to take part access the online survey here : Online Research (external link)
› The statutory 2016/17 BFDP began on 1 October 2016 and ended, 31 March 2017
› Total number of bush, grass and scrub fires (from 01/06/16 to 31/03/17) - 11,602
› Total hectares burnt - 277,434
› Total number of total fire bans - 25 (including two state wide fire bans over the weekend of the 11
and 12 February)
› Five LGAs extended the BFDP until 30 April 2017 due to local ongoing dry conditions
› Total number of properties destroyed - 65
› Total number of properties damaged - 38
Wingecarribee Shire Council Civic Centre,
Elizabeth St Moss Vale
Fire Control Centre Mittagong (Rural Fire Service),
Cnr Priestly and Etheridge St Mittagong.
The Bureau of Meteorology has released the climate forecast for March - May 2017.
- Autumn (March to May) rainfall is likely to be below average over the southern two-thirds of Australia.
- March is likely to be hotter and drier than average across most of Australia, except the far north and west.
- Warmer autumn days and nights are likely across most of Australia, except northwest Australia where days and nights are likely to be cooler than average.
- The drier than average outlooks are likely a result of forecast higher than normal pressure across western and southern Australia, meaning fewer rain-bearing systems are likely to cross the coast
Climate and Water Outlook, March–May 2017(external link)
More rain, more risk: Prepare for Bush Fire Season (external link)
What does this mean?
Help to keep our Community Safe
For all Bush Fire Information please go to the Rural Fire Service web site at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au