Be Prepared

Climate Wise Communities Workshops

City of Ryde encourages residents to work together to build a more resilient community.

To help you understand the risks in your local area, and how to prepare for extreme weather, Council and local emergency service agencies hold free Climate Wise Communities workshops for residents.

Workshops cover:

  • Identifying risks specific to your home and area
  • Assessing vulnerability – personal and property
  • Understanding how to prepare yourself, your family and your home for extreme weather events
  • The strengths and weaknesses of homes and properties for extreme weather events
  • Building neighbourhood and community awareness
  • Awareness of hazards and the development of contingency plans
  • Aspects to be included in an emergency plan
  • Priority actions to strengthen resilience to extreme weather events

“The workshop activities are engaging and thought provoking, especially on a local level. They certainly enhance participant engagement more than usual lecture or presentation style information sessions”.

Local workshop participant.

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 Ryde City such as St Ives, Gordon, Wahroonga, Turramurra, Lindfield, and Roseville can request a workshop.

Upcoming workshops

Bushfire retrofit 

When: 20 June, 6-8pm
Where: Gordon Library, 799  Pacific Highway, Gordon 

Description: Join our bushfire Architect Ian Weir from the University of Queensland and BAL rating expert Graham Douglas. They will share advice on changes you can make to prepare and protect your home in the event of a bushfire – that won’t break the bank. What do you do first? Fix the gutters, replace windows, plant fire-resistant plants?

Book now and have all of your questions answered.



Bush neighbour day - West Pymble

Past workshops

Bushfire Preparedness
When: 19 February, 8-9pm
Where: St Andrews Uniting Church, Chisholm St, South Turramurra 2074
What it covers: City of Ryde’s Dr Jenny Scott will present the award-winning Climate Wise Communities initiative including this website at a STEP community meeting. This program builds local community strength and preparedness to extreme weather events. It is a unique program that has helped many Ryde City residents to prepare for bushfires, storms and heatwaves. Dr Jenny Scott is the Sustainability Program Leader at City of Ryde.

When: 7 November 2018, 6-8pm

Where: City of Ryde Chambers, Gordon
What it covers: Join local experts as they identify the key areas to prepare you, your home and neighbourhood for a bushfire, flood or storm. Are you on a limited budget and want to know the most important things to do? Or how to build for a bushfire zone? Learn how to get the most out of our Ready Check Tool and tailor a report to your specific home.


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.

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