Climate Wise Communities

climate wise communities

Climate Wise Communities is an award-winning initiative that builds local community strength and preparedness to extreme weather events such as bushfire, storm, drought and heatwave. It promotes shared responsibility for disaster resilience to individuals, households and communities, as well as emergency management agencies and government.

Listen to our experts as they present locally recorded videos on how to prepare your home and family for bushfire:

Watch sustainability webinars

Prepare your home in 3 easy steps

  1. Complete a Ready Check

    Enter your address in our Ready Check tool and identify key risks to your home.

  2. Make a bushfire plan

    Use the results of your Ready Check to complete the Bushfire Plan on the NSW RFS web page. or plan for most types of extreme weather events in Ku-ring-gai with the Red Cross disaster app.

  3. Bushfire wise rebate

    Once you know your risks claim a rebate to make changes to strengthen your home.

Attend a workshop

Book into an upcoming event on the sustainbility calendar. Including live 3D demonstrations of how a fire would behave in your neighbourhood.

Book a tailored workshop for your local neighbourhood and increase your local resilience to extreme weather events.

Building & renovating

Check if you property is on bushfire-prone land and look at the guidelines to follow to ensure you are protecting your home and family into the future.

Watch a bushfire unfold

Watch our Council expert Dr Jenny Scott as she takes a group of residents through a 3D simulation of a bushfire in Ku-ring-gai. Using our award-winning Simtable.

Workshop resources

If you are unable to complete the Climate Wise Communities Ready Check or attend one of our Bushfire Preparedness workshops, the documents below will assist you in preparing your own neighbourhood plans and activities.

Climate Wise Communities Resource Manual(PDF, 2MB)

Climate Wise Communities activity instructions - property mapping(PDF, 491KB)

Climate Wise Communities activity - mapping neighbourhood strengths vulnerabilities(PDF, 1MB)

Climate Wise Communities - activity what if scenario contingency planning cards(PDF, 150KB)

Climate Wise Communities - example result of property mapping exercise(PDF, 445KB)

Climate Wise Communities - neighbourhood mapping legend(PDF, 90KB)

Climate Wise Communities - What if scenario cards(PDF, 111KB)

*This resource was funded under the joint State / Commonwealth Natural Disaster Resilience Program. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the view of the NSW Government.