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Fire Season Ends 31 March 2017

5 Apr 2017 - 10:03am


The Bush Fire Danger Period for summer 2016/2017 has now closed (31 March 17). From 1 April fire permits are no longer required for the Palerang and Queanbeyan Local Government Areas (with some specific exceptions noted below). Although fire permits are generally no longer necessary, you must still exercise caution and follow the NSW legislation regarding the lighting of fires.

Anyone planning to burn anything is reminded that
they need to be able to control the fire, they need to give at least 24 hours
notice to all their neighbours and they need to notify the Fire Control Centre
(02 6128 0600) at least 24 hours in advance and before noon on Friday for
weekend burns.

The devastating fire in Carwoola this year is a wake up call us all to have our properties prepared for fire. Please read the Stoney Creek Gazette issue April 2017 for more excellent information about bushfire preparedness from our RFS captain David Hanzl. Also visit


Four key points to consider before you light a fire are:

[The information below is provided by the NSW RFS. Further details can be found on the RFS website or from the Queanbeyan Fire Control Centre (02 6128 0600 during business hours)].
Sometimes! Generally, an environmental approval would not be required for pile burns or bonfires.
However, approval may be required to clear native vegetation that you intend to burn and to conduct the burn. If
your clearing and burning is for hazard reduction purposes you can apply for an environmental approval (Hazard
Reduction Certificate) through the NSW RFS.
If your burning is not for hazard reduction purposes (garden maintenance, etc), you should contact your local
Catchment Management Authority and Council to see if you require an environmental approval for native vegetation
clearing or burning in the open (air pollution).
2. Do you need a FIRE PERMIT?
Sometimes! You will need a Fire Permit outside of the Bush Fire Danger Period if:
a) your burn is likely to endanger a building, or
b) your fire is in a Fire & Rescue NSW area. You can obtain a Fire Permit from your local NSW RFS Fire Control
Centre or Fire & Rescue NSW Station.
3. Do you need to NOTIFY anyone before burning?
Yes! It is a legislative requirement to provide a minimum of 24 hours notice (unless specified otherwise in a Fire
Permit) to:
• your local fire authority (Rural Fire Service or Fire & Rescue NSW), and
• any adjoining neighbours including those separated from you by a road, lane, or waterway.
4. Can you light your fire on a TOTAL FIRE BAN (TOBAN) DAY?
No! Total Fire Ban Days can be declared at any time of the year. If in doubt, check by calling the Bush Fire

Information Line 1800 679 737 or go to TOBAN Days will also be announced in the media.


QPRC launches Carwoola Bushfire Appeal

23 Feb 2017 - 2:41pm

The Carwoola community is reeling from the devastating bushfire which swept through the locality on 17 Feb. RFS fire crews worked tirelessly to contain the fire which burnt 3500 hectares, and despite their heroic efforts, destroyed 11 houses. Some homes were also saved by residents coming to the aid of neighbours. The QPRC has launched an appeal to help fire victims and assist the community to rebuild.


Residents wishing to make donations to assist families suffering losses from the fire should consider the QPRC Carwoola Bushfire Appeal
BSB – 032724
Account No – 362257
Donations can also be made in person at Westpac branches.

Bush Fire Danger Period Commences 1 Oct

3 Oct 2016 - 4:56pm

Bushfire Danger Period

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional
Council Local Government Area


Commences Saturday 1 October

 The NSW Rural Fire Service is urging all residents to prepare for the bushfire danger period which comes into effect in the Lake George Zone of the NSW Rural Fire Service fire district from 1st October 2016. Lake George Zone covers Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Local Government Area.


During the Bushfire Danger Period burning in the open is not allowed without a permit.


For further information on requirements for burning during the Bush Fire Danger Period, contact the Lake George Fire Control Centre on 6128 0600 during normal business hours.


Fire Danger Ratings for your area and bushfire information can be found at or contact the Bushfire Information Line on 1800 679 737

Cat lost near Rossi

11 Sep 2016 - 8:02pm

Lost Cat Please Help

Would residents of Hoskinstown and Carwoola regions, please look out for a cat that was lost on 11 September 2016 during a move into town from Rossi near the Tallaganda National Park.

She is grey with white paws and white patches on her neck, chest and between her back legs. She is not desexed nor microchipped. She has a collar which she may have lost. We have been looking but with no luck so far. There is still someone living at the home leaving food out and also looking.

If you find this cat please contact

Taylah Hulm [email: or phone: 0491 375 719]

Koala spotted on Captains Flat Rd

1 Jun 2016 - 3:38pm
On Tuesday 30 May a few people spotted a Koala on Captains Flat Road (near intersection with Wanna Wanna Road).
would love your help to find him/her as it's very unusual for koalas to be
around in day time. There is a strong possibility that it's injured or unwell.
anyone sees the koala in this area please call Wildcare 24/7 Helpline
remember to say exactly where you are eg... gate number close by or anything
reference that can help to find the Koala as soon as possible.

by Dr. Radut