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Community Protection Plans

 

Community Protection Plans are prepared by the professional staff of the NSW RFS in conjunction with and after consultation with affected communities across New South Wales. In these protection plans each community area has within their plan been segregated into specific risk zones and offered potential strategies to develop, implement and monitor conditions for future action, to mitigate effects and improve safety.

 

Guerilla Bay Plans

 

This community is located off George Bass Drive with single access along Burri Point Road to a headland peninsula. There is a secondary road, Beach Parade, to the left about 300 metres from the George Bass Drive intersection as well as several ancillary streets within the residential area. The general topography is steep gradients leading down to the foreshore along Beach Parade and along the peninsula it steeply falls away from either side of Burri Point Road.


There have been a community plan and a community preparation map created and signed off by the RFS – they are.


Bush Fire Preparation Plan
(see plan)


In this plan actions have been identified and drawn together into 6 unique treatment categories – they are

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  1. Residential Preparation Zone – This is land on which residences exist or potentially can be built on – here landowners are responsible for maintaining their APZ (Asset Protection Zone). There is an addendum to this, in that area there is public land and council land which also falls within the APZ requirements.
  2. Community Engagement – ongoing
  3. Steep Sloping Land – Council land along the foreshore capable only of hand tool clearance.
  4. Strategic Fire Advantage Zone – Large private holdings that need periodic review and structured maintenance actions by the owner to reduce risk.
  5. Strategic Fire Advantage Zone – Council and privately owned land that need periodic review and structured maintenance actions by those 'owners' to reduce risk.
  6. Rear Frontal Dune - Council land that it at least needs to implement the designated APZ works criteria.

Bush Fire Survival Plan (see plan)

This plan identifies land generally for fire threats in extreme or catastrophic danger periods. There are four classifications of threats, but the two highest are the only ones that apply in Guerilla Bay. Further, within  this area the radiant heat zone classification only applies to some offshore rocky crags and extends beyond the breaker line. The consequence of this is that there are no safe havens in the community area and withdrawing to the beach even into the water is not an option. The plans warning is “You and your property are likely to be directly impacted by flame, deadly levels of radiant heat, significant embers and smoke from a bush fire. The risk of death and property destruction from bush fire is greatest within this zone. Leaving early is your safest option.”

 

 

Rosedale Plans

 

The Guerilla Bay Plans were prepared in 2012, while the Rosedale Plans were completed in 2018. The wider Rosedale Community is located along the coast immediately north of Guerilla Bay. Rosedale covers a significantly larger area than Guerilla Bay and has a more diverse set of risks. In detail the community survival plans have been split into three discrete areas, namely Rosedale, Rosedale North and Roseby - these individual areas each have one single access off George Bass Drive.


Bush Fire Preparation Plan (see plan)

 

This is an over arching plan that covers the wider Rosedale area (encompassing the 3 survival plan areas) and lists 5 unique strategies required to prepare community properties within those areas, they are:

 

  1. Rear Frontal Dune Zone - Council land that it at least needs to implement the designated APZ works criteria and constantly monitor the area.
  2. Community Engagement – ongoing
  3. Residential Preparation Zone – This is land on which residences exist or potentially can be built on – here landowners are responsible for maintaining their APZ (Asset Protection Zone). There is an addendum to this, in that some adjoining council land, also fall within the APZ requirements.
  4. Strategic Fire Advantage Zone – Council and privately owned land that needs periodic review and structured maintenance actions by those 'owners' to reduce the level of risk.
  5. Strategic Fire Advantage Zone – Large private holdings that need periodic review and structured maintenance actions by the owner to reduce risk.

 

Bush Fire Survival Plan

 

There are three detailed survival plans covering the above preparation plan area and they are:

 

Rosedale (see plan)

This area has one access road from George Bass Drive, along Rosedale Parade with several secondary roads leading to the right. Miller Avenue is the essential arterial road that leads off Rosedale Parade and up the hill, turning into Cook Crescent and terminating at the end of a peninsula that falls away very steeply on each side. The rest of this Rosedale area commences with flatter land at the rear beach side land and gradually blending into a steeper topography.

 

Rosedale North (see plan)

This part of Rosedale also has only one access road, Yowani Crescent, from George Bass Drive. There are several roads that lead off Yowani Crescent on the left side each leads to an elevated area or a ridge line while the single road on the right leads to a flatter area at the rear of dunes. Yowani Crescent, itself climbs a very steep hill and progresses to a section the other side of the ridge line with significant parcels of land steeply falling away.

 

Roseby (see plan)

This part of the greater Rosedale area in on the western side of George Bass Drive away from the coast line. Roseby Drive that traverses the full length of the residential land is the only access road. Like the other two Rosedale areas there are no opportunities to evacuate except this road. Roseby Drive leads up to and follows a ridge line with two secondary streets to the left as you travel along the road. The topography is not as extreme as other parts of Rosedale but it does have deep gullies falling away on all sides.

 

Rosedale Overall Summation - In these three plans the fire risk is calculated for extreme or catastrophic danger periods. There are four classifications of threats, but overall the two highest rankings are the ones with a minor exceptions that apply across all Rosedale. The exception is in Rosedale itself and covers an isloted area just east of George Bass Drive. Additionally the radiant heat zone classification extends well beyond the breaker line signifying that there are no safe havens for the community in withdrawing to the beach, even into the sea water area is not an option.

 

The plans warnings relating to the main two zones are a strong one “You and your property are likely to be directly impacted by flame, deadly levels of radiant heat, significant embers and smoke from a bush fire. The risk of death and property destruction from bush fire is greatest within this zone. Leaving early is your safest option.”

 

Joining Plans

 

In addition to the above three survival plans for Rosedale and the Guerilla Bay survival plans, a final survival plan is provided that links and reinforces both community strategies (see plan). The two community plans join seamless together and through that plans can be formed to best benefit the wider area.

 

Alert

All the communities covered by these community plans, like other parts of our brigade area, rely on George Bass Drive as their only exit route. Therefore, in addition to the advice in the plans regarding the specific locality you should also keep informed on whether George Bass Drive has any wider impediment to safety leaving the area. It may be wise to leave sooner than wait until the fire threat comes close or arrives.

 

Update August 2019