Get Prepared Ku-ring-gai

Climate Wise Communities Workshops

Ku-ring-gai Council encourages residents to work together to build a more resilient community.

Join us as we show you how to prepare your home and family for the bushfire season ahead. It might save your life, your family (including pets) or your home. We will join experts from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and other emergency services as we answer key questions including: What are the hazards in your particular area? What will you do in a bushfire emergency?

We will also introduce our new 3D interactive, simulation platform, the Simtable™, looking at how bushfires may behave within Ku-ring-gai. These are workshops you cannot afford to miss this summer.

At the end of the workshop you will:

  • See how fast bushfires can move in your area
  • Know your bushfire risk and exposure to other hazards
  • Understand how to prepare your family and home
  • Develop the right information for your emergency plan
  • Be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your home and property to extreme weather events

“Highly recommended. Fantastic modelling of how a bushfire progresses and lovely to meet some of the people who look after our area when a bushfire threatens”

“The new simulation technology was excellent.”

“We found this an excellent / informative evening – the RFS volunteer who reviewed our plan with us was very helpful in assisting us consider specific needs for our house / land such as pump for the pool / stickers to apply to the property perimeter to alert the Fire Service to the fact there was a SWS [static water supply] etc…”

Local workshop participants.

Workshops are attended by the local Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service, and Police, as well as other agencies as required, to provide professional advice and assistance to residents.

Residents living in all suburbs of Ku-ring-gai such as St Ives, Gordon, Wahroonga, Turramurra, Lindfield, and Roseville can request a workshop.

These workshops are essential for almost everyone living in Ku-ring-gai, even if you do not live next to the bush. 85% of homes burn down due to ember attack.

Bushfire Home Assessment Workshop

When: 12 noon, 22nd September, 2020
Where: Online


Join us for a special live event with Council’s own bushfire practitioner Mark Schuster. Watch as he shows a local resident how to identify bushfire risks and vulnerabilities at their house and how lower their bushfire risk. Filmed live on location at a home on bushfire prone land in Ku-ring-gai.

Bushfire Retrofits with architect Nigel Bell

When: 6:30 – 8:30, 30th September, 2020
Where: Online


Join Nigel Bell an award winning architect as he shares what you need to know about retrofitting and preparing your home for the next bushfire season. This is an essential event for anyone living in a house in Ku-ring-gai.
This will delivered via zoom webinar. You will receive a link upon booking.

3D Bushfire simulation and Climate Wise Communities workshop

When: 12 noon, 20th October, 2020
Where: Online


How would you and your family deal with an bushfire threatening your home? Is your plan ready and up to the task of keeping your family safe?

Experience our new Simtable, a 3D bushfire simulator and see how a fire could behave in your area. Presented by Dr Jenny Scott.

Please note that ticket sales will end 1 hour before the event starts


Request a workshop for your local area

Build your own extreme weather plan in a free 2 hour workshop, or discuss extreme weather resilience with local emergency services representatives.

Fast Fact...

Ember attack is the cause of 85% of homes lost in bush fires.

Climate wise communities

Climate Wise Communities is an award-winning initiative developed by Ku-ring-gai Council in consultation with emergency management agencies and government. It builds local community strength and preparedness to extreme weather events and promotes shared responsibility for disaster resilience to individuals, households and communities.

Climate Wise Communities. © Ku-ring-gai Council 2019

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