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Introduction to the draft Bush Fire Management Policy

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The Northern Beaches area is exposed to high levels of bush fire risk. While bush fire loss can be reduced or avoided in some cases, it cannot be entirely prevented.

The draft Bush Fire Management Policy sets out Council's approach to effective risk and bush fire management throughout the Northern Beaches Local Government Area (LGA) in order to protect life and reduce the impact of bush fire on property, infrastructure and the environment.

This draft policy applies to all land owned or managed by Northern Beaches Council, and to all private land within Council’s boundaries.

View the draft Bush Fire Management Policy

Share your feedback today by:

  • completing the submission form below
  • emailing us at
  • writing to us marked 'Bush Fire Management Policy (draft)' Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82 Manly 1655.

Submissions now close Sunday 20 December 2020.

For more details about this draft policy and other bush fire management-related information (including about preparing your property against bush fires), you can read the frequently asked questions below.

Have a question?

Book a phone call with Matt Horwood, Coordinator, Bush Fire Management.

A shared responsibility

Bush fires are likely to become increasingly frequent and severe due to changing rainfall and drought patterns. We need to plan for more people on the Northern Beaches being affected by bush fires, and more communities recovering from the often long lasting impacts on health and wellbeing.

The draft policy acknowledges that reducing landowners’ vulnerability is a collective responsibility shared between governments, landowners, industry and the community.

Council works very closely with the Northern Beaches Bush Fire Management Committee to maintain an extensive network of Asset Protection Zones and fire trails throughout the Local Government Area. Council also works with our partner fire agencies to plan, prepare and undertake a considerable prescribed burning program to manage fuel loads throughout Council bushland reserves.

The draft policy focuses on the four key areas of:

  1. Risk management
  2. Fire management
  3. Community engagement
  4. Land use planning and development control

It follows the principles of emergency management of addressing prevention, preparation, response and recovery for bush fire emergencies.

Submission form

Northern Beaches Council Bush Fire Prone Land Map

View the Northern Beaches Bush Fire Prone Land Map, Certified 7 August 2020

Select link above, go to the top left dropdown menu, scroll down to ‘Northern Beaches Bush Fire Prone Land Map certified 7 August 2020’ enter and click on your property address and refer to the right hand legend to see how it affects your property.

Project Manager

Name Matt Horwood - Coordinator, Bush Fire Management
Phone 1300 434 434 (during business hours)
In writing

'Bush Fire Management Policy (Draft)' Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 82, Manly NSW 1655.