North Sydney Council, together with NSW Fire & Rescue, are planning to conduct a managed broad-area hazard reduction burn in Smoothey Park on Tuesday the 17 of April 2018.
Providing suitable weather conditions prevail on the day, the burn will be conducted between 9am & 5pm.
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Should conditions not be conducive; the burn will be postponed to as soon as possible after this date. This notification remains valid for a period of 14 days from the date of issue.
PLEASE NOTE: parts of Smoothey Park, INCLUDING walking tracks, may be temporarily closed for short periods during the burn.
What is a Managed Burn?
A managed burn is the controlled use of fire to fulfil stated management objectives. The objectives for this burn will be to reduce the potential for a bushfire in the Reserve and to assist in regenerating the reserve’s significant bushland vegetation.
What to do on the day
New South Wales Fire & Rescue staff, supported by Council’s Bushland Management Team, will begin burning between 9.30am – 10am. The burn will produce smoke and possibly embers. For your comfort and safety, NSW Fire & Rescue suggests you:
- Keep all windows and doors closed
- Avoid hanging washing out
- Protect items which may be affected by embers, eg. plastic toys, trampolines and synthetic grass tennis courts, and
- Ensure your pets are comfortable, eg. Inside
North Sydney Council is legally obliged to manage the potential hazard of its urban bushland remnants by reducing fuel loads in strategically identified locations. Fire is also an integral component of bushland ecology, critical to the ongoing sustainability of these areas health and biodiversity.
Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by this activity and appreciates the ongoing community support for its bushland management activities. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 9936 8224.
Yours faithfully, Gareth Debney, Bushland Management Coordinator
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