About Us

Bushfire Consulting Services Pty Ltd are extremely well placed to provide reports, training and services which fulfil todays legislative requirements.


T: 02 4744 5800
M: 0425 833 893
E: info@bfcs.com.au


Graduate Diploma – Bushfire Design in Bushfire Prone Areas (2010), University of Western Sydney

BPAD-Level 3 Certified Practitioner BPAD 20751

Diploma Environmental Heath & Building Surveying

Corporate Bronze Member Fire Protection Association Australia

Employment History

2010 – Current: Managing Director, Bushfire Consulting Services

2016 – Current: Director / owner Building Upskills

2007 – 2013: Snr Env. Health & Building Surveyor, Blue Mountains City Council

2006 – 2007 : Environmental Assessment Officer – Compliance & Emergency Response Officer, Sutherland Shire Council

2005 – 2006: Environmental Health and Building Officer, Bankstown City Council

2001- 2005: Environmental Health Officer, Hornsby Shire Council

Catherine Gorrie

Managing Director, Accredited Bushfire Consultant and Building Surveyor

Catherine has over 15 years of experience in the field of bushfire, health and building surveying. Establishing the business in 2010, Catherine works closely with clients to ensure their development complies with all bush fire protection requirements and assists in negotiations with local Councils and Rural Fire Service when required. Catherine works with clients from the planning stage through to completion and provides Certification of the end product.

Having identified a lack of understanding of the complex legislative requirements for bushfire protection, Catherine launched the training arm in 2013 and is proud to include among her clients Architects, Councils and Certifiers from cross the State.

Catherine’s expertise includes:

  • Bushfire protection design planning
  • Bushfire risk management / modelling
  • Compliance with Planning for Bushfire Protection and AS3959
  • BPAD-Level 3 Certified Practitioner

Relevant Projects

  • Tweed Valley Hospital, Tweed Valley, current

> Bushfire Certification of Plans for Construction Certificate

  • Wallerawang Battery Energy Storage Station

> Prepare bush fire assessment report for the construction, operation and maintenance of a Battery Energy Storage System

  • RMS Noise Abatement Program, 2019, 2020 and 2021

> Act as Applicant to Council and use Planning Portal to respond to Council information requests, provide BAL Assessments and advice on material selection, coordinate owner responses to completion of correct forms

  • Aspect Schools, Western Sydney, Northern Beaches, CentralCoast and Hunter, 2020 and 21

> Review of the existing facilities and detailed deign advice for building upgrades and compliance with AS3959 (BAL FZ)

  • SEPP 55 Project at 85 Wahroonga Road Kanwal, 2018
  • 97 Lot Subdivision at 800 Montpelier Drive The Oaks, 2015
  • Ecotourism facility at Mount Hay Road, Leura, 2014

> Identification of bushfire protection strategies and management guidelines to reduce the bushfire risk
> Strategic plan to address key bushfire prevention and management issues for the construction and operation of the facility. Including asset protection zones, emergency procedures, bushfire suppression equipment

  • Redevelopment of Bonalbo Hospital

> This plan addressed the key fire management issues for the Hospital and recommended implementation of asset protection zones, building construction standards, access design, landscaping guidelines and water supply

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