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  • Fire Mitigation Plan ~ Nabiac and Failford ~

    August 2007

  • Adopted by Great Lakes Council: 14 August 2007 Updated: August 2007 Prepared by Great Lakes Council Great Lakes Council PO Box 450 Engineering Services, Parks and Recreation Section Forster NSW 2428 4-6 Breeze Parade, Forster NSW 2428 Contact: (02) 6591 7222 Photographs: Great Lakes Council Written by Elisa Fallavollita on behalf of Great Lakes Council Funding was made available through a three-way partnership between the Federal Government, State Government and Great Lakes Council. © Great Lakes Council

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    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Great Lakes Council's, Fire Mitigation Plan - Nabiac and Failford has been prepared for the Nabiac and Failford village and rural environs. Funding through the Natural Disaster Risk Management Studies Programme assisted in the preparation of this report. The administration of the funding is with the NSW State Emergency Management Committee, through the Department of Transport and Regional Services (DOTARS). Greater understanding of fire management planning by the community and planners provides a primary mechanism to protect life and property during fire events. The areas mapped Bush Fire Prone Land guide fire management strategies in development assessment and strategic planning tools for hazard reduction works. The bushfire mitigation program within this report identifies fire management zones such as asset protection zones, strategic fire advantage zones, land management zones, fire exclusion zones and highlights fire prevention and mitigation. The management of hazardous fuels, or mitigation against imminent bushfires through cooperative education programs, reduces the risk to life and property throughout the area.

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY .............................................................................................................. I

    PART 1 - SECTION 1 .................................................................................................. 1

    Introduction ........................................................................................................................1 Scope and Purpose .........................................................................................................3 Fire Management Objectives ..........................................................................................3 Fire Management Strategies ...........................................................................................3 The planning process .....................................................................................................4 Understanding the document.........................................................................................5

    SECTION 2...............................................................................................................................7 Fire Management Responsibilities and Obligations ...........................................................7

    Great Lakes Council ........................................................................................................7 Bush Fire Management Committee ................................................................................7 Great Lakes Local Emergency Management Committee ................................................8 NSW Rural Fire Service ....................................................................................................8 NSW Fire Brigade.............................................................................................................8 Department of Environment and Climate Change (NSW)...............................................8 Department of Planning and Infrastructure (Forests) ....................................................8 NSW Department of Lands..............................................................................................9 Country Energy/TransGrid .............................................................................................9 MidCoast Water...............................................................................................................9 Private Landholders ........................................................................................................9

    SECTION 3.............................................................................................................................11 Bushfire Risk Description .................................................................................................11

    Overview of the Bushfire Risk Management Plan .........................................................11 Bush Fire Risks..............................................................................................................11 Bushfire Weather...........................................................................................................12 Field Assessment Methodology....................................................................................13 Local features ...............................................................................................................14 Risk to Life and Property ..............................................................................................16 Risk to Natural Heritage ...............................................................................................16 Risk to Cultural heritage...............................................................................................17

    SECTION 4.............................................................................................................................19 Hazard Reduction .............................................................................................................19

    Guidelines for hazard reduction...................................................................................19 Management of fuels ....................................................................................................19

    SECTION 5.............................................................................................................................23 Fire Preparedness and Community Education..................................................................23

    Preparedness ................................................................................................................23 SECTION 6.............................................................................................................................25

    Ecological Considerations ................................................................................................25 Introduction ..................................................................................................................25 Biodiversity Thresholds ................................................................................................25

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    Conservation Values .....................................................................................................27 Environmental Considerations .....................................................................................29

    PART 2 - SECTION 7 .................................................................................................31

    Nabiac and Failford Bushfire Strategy ..............................................................................31 Location ........................................................................................................................31 Community Assets........................................................................................................31 Public Utilities ...............................................................................................................37 Road Access..................................................................................................................37 Fire Trails/Fire Advantages/Control Lines ...................................................................37 Water Supply/Fire Fighting Water Supply/Aerial Access..............................................37 Fire history....................................................................................................................38 Bushfire Weather...........................................................................................................38 Natural and Cultural Heritage ......................................................................................39 Resources...................................................................................................................... 44 Risk to Life and Property ..............................................................................................46 Risk to Natural Heritage ...............................................................................................50 Risk to Cultural heritage...............................................................................................51 Key Fire Issues ...........................................................................................................