Portable BBQ Guidelines

Bringing your Portable Barbecue to a Council Park or Reserve

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Nothing says summer quite like gathering with family and friends for a barbecue. Here at Sutherland Shire Council, we love barbecues as much as the next person, and below are some guidelines to ensure that visitors to our parks and reserves have a fun and safe event.

Portable barbecues are permitted as long as the following conditions are met:

  • Barbecues must be in good working order.
  • Portable barbecues must be a minimum of 50cm from ground level. Barbecues that sit on the ground are strictly prohibited.
  • When using a portable barbecue, be sure that all parts of the unit are firmly in place and that the grill is stable. Never leave a lit barbecue unattended.
  • Users are encouraged to have water on hand to extinguish fires or in the case of minor burns.
  • Barbecues during total fire bans are not permitted. Before bringing your barbecue to the park check the Fire Danger Rating with the NSW Rural Fire Service. They can be contacted on 1800 679 737or online at http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fdr-and-tobans
  • All waste must be disposed of appropriately. The dumping of coals, oil, rubbish and other materials may result in penalties.
  • There are many beautiful spots to set up your barbecue, however using a barbecue or building a fire on a beach or sandy area is not permitted.
  • Council will take step to recoups costs should damage occur to the park or reserve as a result of bringing your own barbecue.

Adhering to these guidelines and giving consideration to others ensures that everyone has an enjoyable experience when visiting Sutherland Shire’s parks and reserves. Stay safe and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors!

Coal BBQs

Council has installed two coal bins that have been specifically designed for the safe disposal of hot coals from coal barbecues.  One bin is located at Shelly Park Beach, Cronulla and the other at Gunnamatta Park, Cronulla. 

Map showing locations of coal bins

These coal bins have been provided for our customers for safe disposal of hot coals.  Coals bins provide for hot ash coals to cool without serious risk to the public who might otherwise accidentally step on the hot coals, and also keep our parks clean from unsightly litter.

We encourage you to take full advantage of these bins but please do not put other types of rubbish into the bins, it blocks the chute. 

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Enquiries can be directed to Parks and Reserves on (02) 9710 0333 or ssc@ssc.nsw.gov.au

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