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
While the management of fuel loads on public land is an important aspect of bushfire mitigation, Wingecarribee Shire Council believes that the best defence against loss or damage as a result of bushfire is a well prepared home with an adequate and well maintained asset protection zone.
It is recommended that all property owners throughout the Wingecarribee Shire take appropriate action to prepare their own properties for the effects of bushfire.
Results of scientific studies conducted by the CSIRO have shown that ember attack (embers blown by the wind) was responsible for the majority of houses damaged or destroyed by bushfire. You can minimise the effect that ember attack will have on your home by undertaking a few simple tasks.
Implementing these simple measures will reduce the probability that embers will settle on and ignite either your home or materials adjacent to it.
Creating an asset protection zone around your home will also reduce the chances of the fire front actually reaching your house (direct flame contact) and will reduce the effects of radiant heat.
An asset protection zone is an area of ground that has been cleared and maintained to minimise the amount of fuel available to a fire. When a fire approaches a well-prepared asset protection zone, it runs out of fuel and the intensity of the fire diminishes. In some cases a fire may even self extinguish.
An asset protection zone needs to be suited to both the vegetation surrounding your property and the aspect and slope of the land.
An asset protection zone does not need to be cleared to bare earth, but it should aim to reduce the amount of fuel available to a fire as the fire front approaches.
See links below for further information regarding preparation of your property, or contact:
Wingecarribee Fire Control Centre
Telephone: (02) 4868-5500
In Person: Cnr Priestly & Etheridge Streets, Mittagong
Prepare Your Home
Prepare Your Family
Farm Fire Safety
Volunteer to Protect Your Community
Community Fire Unit
A Community Fire Unit (CFU) is a team of local residents living in urban areas close to bushland who are supported by Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) to enhance their safety and resilience during bushfires.
As a volunteer CFU member you will learn how to prepare yourself, your family and your home ahead of the bushfire season. You will learn how to make informed decisions about whether to leave early or stay and defend your property when bushfires threaten.
Volunteer CFU members do not fight fires, nor are they firefighters. Being a CFU member is about preparation, prevention and protection from bushfires.
NSW Rural Fire Service
Volunteering offers the opportunity to learn new and valuable skills that will not only assist you in your voluntary role but in day to day life and even your workplace. It is also an opportunity to meet people you wouldn't normally meet.