Mayor Steve Christou’s Weekly Message

An insight into what's happening around our local community.

13 January 2020

Plan to manage bushfire risk

Cumberland City Council is working with local fire authorities to develop a bushfire mitigation plan following a large grass fire in the Pemulwuy/Greystanes region on 31 December 2019.

This plan will include rezoning the area as bushfire prone land, particularly along the ridge line in the Prospect Pine Forest location of Pemulwuy.

This will give Council and our firefighters, greater scope to carry out hazard reduction burns and other measures to minimise risk. Naturally, any controlled burn will be carried out when weather conditions are more favourable.

Since the New Year’s Eve incident, Council has been working in the burnt areas around Hyland Road and Pemulwuy assessing the feasibility of removing vegetation away from houses.

Hazardous trees have been removed and public access points through burnt area have been cleared. Debris and fallen branches from reserves across the Cumberland Local Government Area are being removed, with priority being given to areas adjoining bushland, including Pemulwuy Reserves, Munro St Park, Boothtown Reserve, Campbell Hill Reserve and Wategora Reserve.

Council will be conducting regular maintenance in this area to manage fuel load going forward. I want to thank our firefighters, volunteers, emergency services personnel who are working around the clock to protect lives, property and homes.

Mayor Steve Christou with a firefighter at the aftermath of Pemulwuy/Greystanes fire.

Central Gardens Nature Reserve

If you’re looking for free family fun, head over to Council’s Central Gardens Nature Reserve. The Reserve is home to some of our most protected wildlife and features two adventure playgrounds, animal enclosures, educational bush trails and picnic areas.

The gardens are open 7.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm on weekends.

Mayor Steve Christou during a visit to the Central Gardens Nature Reserve.

Council clean up service

If you have unwanted items that cannot be recycled or reused, you can contact Council for a collection. Residents can have up to four free collections each year. Phone Council on 02 8757 9000 or book online.  Find out more.

Mayor Steve Christou at a recent Council clean up.