Why we need a plan
Bush Fire Risk Management Plans are an effective instrument for managing risk to human activity and valued community and environmental assets. They are a key component in a multifaceted bush fire management approach for NSW.
We are planning together to manage bush fire risk in the Cudgegong area by preparing a new five-year plan of strategies and actions.
How will your input be usedThe data from the Have Your Say survey responses has been anonymously supplied to your area’s Bush Fire Management Committee. They will assess data collections rather than individual answers, so that they can establish a clearer community sentiment and gain insights from a large sample size.
The personal details you submitted will be used to validate your submission and to allow notifications to be sent to you when the status of this BFRMP changes.
The Cudgegong BFMC area spans 873,687 hectares (ha). The area covers the Local Government Areas (LGA) of Mid-Western Regional and features National Parks covering an area of 101,005 hectares (11.56% of BFMC area) and State Forests covering an area of 16,796 hectares (1.92% of BFMC area).
The Mid-Western Regional Council area is made up of approximately 59% bushland and 39% grassland with the balance being the built environment or water bodies. A bush or grass fire can happen at any time of the year, but the risk is higher during the warmer months, when bush, grass or scrub is drier.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2021 Census Community Profile there are 11,339 residential dwellings in the Cudgegong BFMC area with an approximate population of 23,557 across four (4) main population centres (Mudgee, Gulgong, Kandos, Rylstone) and a number of smaller villages and rural residential estates.
According to the ABS data on the counts of Australian businesses, there were 2,690 businesses in the Cudgegong BFMC. The top three included agriculture, fisheries and forestry, construction and professional, scientific and technical services accounting for approximately 57% businesses in the Cudgegong BFMC.
The last major bush fire happened during the 2019/2020 bush fire season with 82,976 hectares burned, 11 habitable dwellings, 19 outbuildings and 1 abandoned structure destroyed.
There are several valuable community assets across the area along with a number of culturally significant sites and environmentally important sties.
Current Bush Fire Risk Management Plan for Cudgegong
The current Bush Fire Risk Management Plan for the Cudgegong (Mid-Western) area was published on 13 October 2020.
This plan identifies the bush fire risks in each location and sets out the types of work scheduled to deal with the risk of bush fires.
Bush Fire Risk Management Plans are updated within every five-year period, however, the treatments and works set out in the plans are subject to change on a yearly basis due to fire activity, weather and new risk factors. This plan may not have been updated with the latest treatment and works plans/information.
The Cudgegong BFMC is made up of a range of stakeholders from the area including emergency services, land management agencies, local government, local Aboriginal land services and local community groups. This ensures key community stakeholders have a say on bush fire management activities for the benefit of their communities.
Cudgegong BFMC is made up of the following representatives:
- NSW Rural Fire Service
- National Parks and Wildlife Service
- Forest Corporation of New South Wales
- Fire and Rescue NSW
- NSW Crown Lands
- Mid-Western Regional Council
- Local Land Services (Central Tablelands)
- NSW Department of Primary Industries
- Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales
- Local Aboriginal Lands Council (Mudgee)
- Mid-Western Local Emergency Management Officer (LEMO)
- Mid-Western Local Emergency Operations Controller (LEOCON)
- NSW Police Force
- NSW Farmers’ Association
- Endeavour Energy
- Essential Energy
- Transport for NSW
- UGL Regional Linx
- Water NSW
- Glencore (Ulan Coal)
- Peabody (Wilpinjong Mine)
- Yancoal (Moolarben Coal)
Getting ready for a bush fire is easier than you think. Make a bush fire survival plan so you know what you will do if there’s a fire near you.
A well-prepared home is more likely to survive a bush fire. Even if your plan is to leave early, the more you prepare your home, the more likely it will survive a bush fire or ember attack.
Preparation isn’t just about cleaning up around the house and having a plan. It’s also about making sure you consider your physical, mental and emotional preparedness.
The NSW RFS is responsible for inspecting bush fire hazards, providing advice and if necessary, issuing notices to all landowners and managers to reduce hazards. If you believe there is a bush fire hazard near your property, you can make a formal complaint by