Fire & Emergency Information

Bush Fire Hazard Risk

Bushfires happen every summer; they can start suddenly and without warning. If you live in or near bushland you need to understand the risks and dangers that bushfires cause. For more information, download a fact sheet from the DFES website

The "Bush Fire Prone Areas" maps now include the whole of the City municipal area where as previously the mapping only included the western sector of the City including Dunsborough and the Commonage areas. The mapping now includes a designation of “bush fire prone – general” and “bush fire prone – urban”. Areas identified as “urban not prone to bush fire” are exempt from the need to address bush fire hazard issues at the building licence and planning consent stages of development.

The maps were adopted by the Council pursuant to clause 108 of the District Town Planning Scheme 20 on the 26 June 2013, and will be used by the City in conjunction with the Bush Fire Protection Local Planning Policy for the purposes of assessing the planning and building requirements applicable to the subdivision and development of land within the City of Busselton.

Bush Fire Prone Areas maps(PDF, 5MB)

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Major emergencies are an unfortunate fact of life and can come in many forms, or types of hazards, including, bushfire, severe storm, flooding and major road transport crashes.

The City of Busselton faces the potential risk of a variety of emergencies, natural and man-made, due to the combination of the City of Busselton's topographical features and land development.

The way we prepare for these events can make the difference between them being an emergency that is managed without unnecessary loss, or a disaster that has major effects on life, property and the environment.

History shows that to minimise the occurrence and the impact of emergencies, we need to remove the common elements of disasters by acknowledging;

  • The inevitability of severe events;
  • That emergency services may not be able to immediately meet all individual and community needs;
  • That people with special needs require additional support; and
  • That prepared communities are less likely to suffer consequences of severe disasters, and are more able to recover from them.

This guide applies to the philosophy of shared responsibility to all hazards, and provides information on how you can be better prepared.

This means that all emergency service agencies, support organisations and the community of the City have a role to play in preventing, preparing, responding to, and recovering from disasters.

This guide provides important practical prevention information for general emergencies, and specific hazards considered significant in the City of Busselton; and important practical information about how to prepare for incidents such as bush fire, severe storms, house fire and information relating to the support agencies involved in those emergencies.

Development of this guide has been enabled by funding by the Australian Federal Government through the 'Working together to Manager Emergencies (WTME)' program.

For all the latest information on Fire and Emergency Services please click on the links below:

Controlled Burning Information
Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Bureau of Meteorology (Bush Fire Weather)
Bureau of Meteorology (WA Weather Warnings)
Bushfire Ready Groups
Emergency Recovery Plan Public Release(PDF, 15MB)

Please click on the links below for further information relating to Bush Fire.

Firebreak and Fuel Hazard Reduction Notice(PDF, 2MB)
Fire Safety Newsletter(PDF, 922KB)
Fire Brigade Contact Information(PDF, 198KB)
Fire Control Officer Contacts(PDF, 190KB)
Firebreak Contractors(PDF, 210KB)
Reserve Fire Management Plan(PDF, 6MB)
Firebreak and Fuel Hazard Reduction Variation Form(PDF, 346KB)
Bushfire Strategic Plan(PDF, 1MB)
Bushfire Planning and Design Accredited Practitioners(PDF, 970KB)

Emergency WA - Are You Bushfire Ready?

The www.emergencywa.wa.gov.au is a one-stop-shop for emergency information providing: