Hazard reduction record for NSW national parks

A significant increase in NSW Government funding for fire management has allowed the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to achieve its best ever hazard reduction burning result.

Trainee field officer, hazard reduction burn

Environment Minister Robyn Parker today announced the NPWS has exceeded the previous record for the number of hectares treated across NSW national parks in hazard reduction burning operations.

“Throughout the year (2012/13) the NPWS has managed to treat almost 208,000 hectares in 1,370 separate hazard reduction activities,” Ms Parker said.

“The previous best year for hazard reduction burning was in 2009-2010 when over 90,000 hectares was treated in controlled burning operations.

“The NSW Government committed an additional $62.5 million over five years under the Enhanced Bushfire Management Program which has provided the much needed financial support to the NPWS enabling it to carry out this work.

“This is on top of the $38 million that is spent annually on fire management within the NSW national parks network.

“This result is also a reflection of the considerable NSW Government commitment to the protection of life and property against the threat of bushfire.

“Importantly our hazard reduction methods have been carried out strategically where they will provide very real protection to communities – directly protecting more than 19,000 neighbouring homes and properties.

“The NPWS has a total of 1,300 trained fire fighters and I would like to personally congratulate them all on a job well done. I would also like to thank fire fighters from all other agencies who helped in this important task.

“It’s a dangerous job and the community will be grateful to all involved for this enormous effort.

“This result was also achieved through the significant contribution of the State’s other firefighting agencies, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and NSW Fire and Rescue.”

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Breakdown by NPWS region of burns:

 NPWS Region  Hazard reduction area
(hectares)
 Central Coast Hunter  17,227
 Far South Coast  28,026
 Hunter  7,575
 North Coast  10,389
 Northern Rivers  886
 South Coast  9,799
 Blue Mountains  53,656
 Metro North East  1,405
 Metro South West  1,601
 Southern Ranges  30,392
 Far West  6,569
 Northern Plains  15,575
 Northern Tablelands  13,959
 Western Rivers  10,498