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 Southern Tablelands area by preparing a new five-year plan of strategies and actions.

How will your input be used

The 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.

Our community

The Southern Tablelands Bush Fire Management Committee (BFMC) area spans 1,432,725 hectares (ha). The area covers the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Upper Lachlan, Yass Valley & Goulburn Mulwaree and features 37 National Parks covering an area of 96,216ha (6.7% of BFMC area) and three State Forests covering an area of 7,914ha (0.5% of BFMC area).

The Southern Tablelands BFMC has approximately 55% bushland and 43% 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.

  • At the 2021 census there are 26,058 homes in the Southern Tablelands area with an approximate population of 57,848.
  • The area has a high level of industry in Health care and social assistance, Public administration and safety, Accommodation and Food services as well as a moderate level of Construction, Education & Training, Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing industries.
  • The last major bush fire happened in the 2019/20 bush fire season with 37,007ha burnt.
  • There are several valuable community assets across the area along with a number of culturally significant sites and environmentally important sites.

Current Bush Fire Risk Management Plan for Southern Tablelands

The Bush Fire Risk Management Plan for Southern Tablelands was prepared by the Southern Tablelands BFMC and was approved on 4 April 2018.

This BFRMP identifies the bush fire risks in Upper Lachlan, Yass Valley & Goulburn Mulwaree LGAs 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.

Southern Tablelands BFMC is made up of a range of stakeholders from the area including emergency services, land management agencies, local government and 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.

Southern Tablelands BFMC is made up of the following representatives:

  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • NSW Department of Industry (Crown Lands)
  • Essential Energy
  • Transgrid
  • NSW Farmers' Association
  • Fire and Rescue NSW
  • NSW Forestry Corporation
  • Yass Valley Shire Council
  • Goulburn Mulwaree Shire Council
  • Upper Lachlan Shire Council
  • Brungal/Tumut, Cowra, Ngambri, Onerwal and Pejar Local Aboriginal Land Councils
  • Nature Conservation Council of NSW
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • NSW Police Force
  • Transport for NSW
  • ACT Rural Fire Service
  • South East Local Land Services
  • UGL Rail
  • Australian Rail Track Corporation

Bush fire survival plan

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.

Prepare your home

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.

Prepare yourself and your family

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.