The latest Bush Fire Prone Land Map has been released today, updating the areas of Lake Macquarie where bush fire risk may need to be assessed as part of planning and building applications.

Council’s Manager Sustainability, Alice Howe, said the new map has changed the bush fire rating for many properties across the City.

Due to changes in vegetation cover and management, about 14,000 properties are no longer considered bush fire prone, while about 1500 properties are newly identified as being at risk of bush fire. Development on land prone to bush fire requires a Bushfire Risk Assessment, and construction may need to meet higher standards to protect people and their property.

“In areas at risk of bush fire, it’s important to build homes that are better able to withstand it.  Anyone planning development is encouraged to check the new Bush Fire Prone Land Map available on Council’s website,” Dr Howe said.

Bush fire prone land maps are updated by Council periodically and are certified by the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS). Anyone who has lodged a development application with Council since January 23, 2018 is encouraged to check the Bush Fire Prone Land Map, available at lakemac.com.au and contact Council if the classification the subject property has changed.

The new map also changes the application of the 10/50 rules, which allow native vegetation to be removed within certain distances of houses due to bush fire risk. Please check the RFS online tool to determine if a property is still eligible for clearing under these rules: rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/1050-vegetation-clearing/tool.

For more information, visit lakemac.com.au/city/emergencies/bush-fires.