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.
Developed using robust data and sophisticated technology and modelling, the plans determine risk factors and develop solutions that best mitigate them.
Feedback from the exhibition of a draft plan for Hunter's Hill/Lane Cove/Parramatta/Ryde is currently being assessed. Public feedback will be taken into consideration as the plan is finalised by the Hunter's Hill/Lane Cove/Parramatta/Ryde Bush Fire Management Committee before being sent to the Bush Fire Coordinating Committee for review.
Current Bush Fire Risk Management Plan for Hunter's Hill/Lane Cove/Parramatta/Ryde
The Bush Fire Risk Management Plan for Hunter's Hill/Lane Cove/Parramatta/Ryde was prepared under one previous BFMC area.
The Hunter's Hill/Lane Cove/Parramatta/Ryde Bush Fire Risk Management Plan approved on 6 October 2021.
This BFRMP identifies the bush fire risks in Hunter's Hill/Lane Cove/Ryde/Parramatta/Ryde and sets out the types of work scheduled to deal with the risk of bush fires.
BFRMPs 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.
Hunter's Hill/Lane Cove/Parramatta/Ryde BFMC is made up of a range of stakeholders from the area including emergency services, land management agencies, local government and local Aboriginal land councils, and local community groups. This ensures key agency stakeholders have a say on bush fire management activities for the benefit of their communities.
Hunter's Hill/Lane Cove/Parramatta/Ryde BFMC is made up of the following representatives:
- Fire and Rescue NSW
- NSW Department of Industry (Crown Lands)
- City of Parramatta Council
- Hunter's Hill Council
- City of Ryde Council
- Lane Cove Council
- Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
- Nature Conservation Council of NSW
- NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
- NSW Police Force
- Greater Sydney Local Land Services
- Transport for NSW
- The King's School
The Hunter's Hill/Lane Cove/Parramatta/Ryde Bush Fire Management Committee (BFMC) area spans 14,011 hectares. The area covers the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Hunter's Hill, Lane Cove, Parramatta and Ryde and features National Park covering an area of 331ha (2.4% of BFMC area).
The Hunter's Hill/Lane Cove/Parramatta/Ryde area has approximately 22.7% bushland and 13.6% grassland with the balance being the built environment or water bodies. A bush or grass fire can occur 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 178,317 residential dwellings in Hunter's Hill/Lane Cove/Parramatta/Ryde BFMC area with an approximate population of 415,718.
According to the ABS data on the counts of Australian businesses, there were 49,079 businesses in the Hunter's Hill/Lane Cove/Parramatta/Ryde BFMC. The top three industries in the BFMC are professional, scientific and technical services, construction and rental, hiring and real estate services. They account for approximately 45% of all business in the BFMC.
Recent bush fires in this area requiring significant resources occurred in 2020.
There are several valuable community assets across the area along with a number of culturally significant sites and environmentally important sites.
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.