Cumberland Council

10/16/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/15/2020 23:09

Have your say on bushfire-risk maps Cumberland City Council is encouraging residents to have their say on maps for bushfire-prone areas. Read more 16 Oct 2020

Cumberland City Council is encouraging residents to have their say on maps for bushfire-prone areas.

Council has prepared these maps for the purpose of identifying these areas to allow appropriate hazard reduction activities to be carried out. The maps will also inform bushfire management requirements for planning and development activity in these areas.

Mayor Steve Christou said the maps have been developed following a large grass fire in the Pemulwuy area on 31 December 2019.

'We want to do everything we possibly can to avoid a repeat of last New Year's Eve, when a large grass fire came within metres of peoples' houses and property,' said Mayor Steve Christou.

'We were very lucky that no one was hurt and no houses were lost. We have learned from this experience and we want this and other bush fire prone areas to be managed to accurately reflect the risk of fire.

'We encourage residents to review the maps and let us know if they believe any changes should be made.'

Hazard reduction activities will also support Council's bushfire mitigation plan, which provides direction and procedures to manage this area into the future.

For more information on the draft maps visit: haveyoursay.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/bushfire-management

If residents would like to make a submission in writing, these can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by post to the General Manager, Cumberland City Council, PO Box 42, Merrylands NSW 2160.

The deadline for submissions is 11pm, Sunday, 15 November 2020.