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The Tweed Shire Local Govenment Area (LGA) contains approximately 3,500ha of Council managed bushland reserve including a continuous Crown land reserve running along the full length (37km) of the Tweed Coast.

Council's Natural Resource Management Unit (NRM) undertakes a number of roles in relation to these reserves including weed control, bush fire hazard reduction and bushfire risk management, management of pest animals, support of Care groups working in reserves, maintenance and installation of fencing and access points, and coordination of works with adjoining land managers and agencies including Office of Environment and Heritage (National Parks and Wildlife Service Division), the Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council and Far North Coast Weeds.

Bush Fire

As part of the management of its bushland reserves Council also manages bush fire risk associated with the reserves.

What role does Council play?

Council has a statutory obligations under the Rural Fires Act 1997 Rural Fires Act 1997 (external link) (the Act) to manage land under its control in a manner that reduces the risk of fire escaping its boundaries.

Council has an added responsibility to inform landholders of their land management responsibilities under the Act and this is undertaken in cooperation with local NSW RFS officers.

Other bushfire risk management undertaken by Council includes:

Management of Asset Protection Zones
A network of Asset Protection Zones (APZs) is maintained by Council to provide a reduced fuel zone adjacent to assets (people, property and the environment) to reduce the potential impact of bushfire and provide a defendable space for fire-fighters and their vehicles.

The majority of APZs are situated on the Tweed Coast often between residential housing estates and areas of Council managed bushland. APZs are inspected annually prior to commencement of the Bushfire Danger Period, on 01 September and runs to 31 March each year, to ensure their ongoing compliance.

Council also has an obligation to report its hazard reduction works in the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Bushfire Risk Information Management System (BRIMS) database.

Contribution to the Far North Coast Bushfire Risk Management Plan
A nominated Councillor and a Council officer are members of the Far North Coast Bush Fire Management Committee which undertakes a range of bushfire related management activities on the Far North Coast (Ballina, Byron and Tweed Shires) including overseeing the preparation, implementation and updating (every 5 years) of the Far North Coast Bushfire Risk Management Plan (2012), Far North Coast Bushfire Risk Management Plan (2012) (140kB PDF) maintains and updates a bush fire trail network, and coordinates funding applications from local land managers for hazard reduction and fire trail works annually. Appendices (Maps) relevant to Tweed to the Plan are as follows:
Far North Coast Bush Fire Risk Management Plan - Appendix 2 Asset Register and Appendix 3 Treatment Register (170kB PDF)
Far North Coast Bush Fire Risk Management Plan - Appendix 4 Map 1 - North East Tweed (3.38mB PDF)
Far North Coast Bush Fire Risk Management Plan - Appendix 4 Map 2 - Central Tweed Coast (3.79mB PDF)
Far North Coast Bush Fire Risk Management Plan - Appendix 4 Map 3 - Central Tweed Shire (4.31mB PDF)
Far North Coast Bush Fire Risk Management Plan - Appendix 4 Map 4 - Western Tweed (3.47mB PDF)
Far North Coast Bush Fire Risk Management Plan - Appendix 4 Map 5 - North Byron Shire and South East Tweed (3.9mB PDF)

For information concerning bushfires and permits click here.

Preparation of Bush Fire Prone Land Mapping
Council undertakes 5 yearly updates to and places on exhibition a Bush Fire Prone Land mapping layer in compliance with the Rural Fires Act. This layer identifies properties that have been identified as bushfire prone and flags the need for anyone undertaking a development application in the Shire on such land to consider the provisions of Planning for Bushfire Protection (2006 RFS) in their application.

Membership of the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium
Council is represented on the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (NRFBC) which is a network of land managers and stakeholders seeking a coordinated, landscape level approach to fire management for biodiversity across the Northern Rivers region.

Pest Animals

Council manages pest animals on Council owned land. For further information here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I plant banana plants in my backyard?

Banana plants, plant material, banana soil and banana production equipment can carry disease which has the potential to adversely affect the States banana industry.
As such the movement of bananas is regulated by the NSW DPI under the Biosecurity Act, with significant fines applicable for the movement of bananas without appropriate permits.

Residents of the Tweed Shire are required to obtain a permit to plant Banana Plants in their backyards. Permits are available from the Department of Primary Industries.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI)
Agriculture Unit
Phone: 1800 808 095
Post: NSW DPI, Locked Bag 21, Orange NSW 2800

DPI Alstonville - Tropical Fruit Field Station Agriculture
494 Bruxner Highway
Alstonville NSW 2477
Phone: 02 6626 2400
Fax: 02 6628 5209

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