The community spirit is very strong in Burra and there are numerous examples of people helping out when trouble arises - whether it be bush fires, house fires, medical emergencies or locating missing persons.  Apart from emergencies, people in the area volunteer for all of the regular tasks that arise in a community.  Some idea of the range of volunteer responsibilities can be gleaned from the community activities highlighted on this page.

There are a number of different community groups, which have formed over the years.  As with any organisation of this nature, each is dependent on volunteers to run them, organise people or children and coordinate their special activities.  You can find a list of Burra clubs and organisations on our community groups page.

The community newsletter for Burra/Urila is The Intermittent.  The aim is that it will be produced once per month (except for January) and delivered quickly by e-mail and delivered to every household in Burra and Urila by a team of volunteers.  If you want to receive the earlier (and coloured) copy by e-mail, you can register with the volunteer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (currently Robyn Oswald and Pilar Perez-McKay).  The Editor also welcomes articles from Burrans, on any topic that you think may interest others in the community.

Here is the latest issue of The Intermittent.

The Craft Spot example of a "zine" shown on page 12 of the November Intermittent can be downloaded here.

BurraRFSThe Burra Brigade of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) is made up from volunteers from the community.  The Captain of the Brigade is Sharon Field (0419 010 606) and the Secretary is Pilar Perez-MacKay (0432 462 008).  Training sessions are held on a Saturday morning and a high standard of readiness is expected from members who, if on duty, can be called out at a moments notice.  The Brigade has participated in fire-fighting throughout NSW and has benefited from reciprocal arrangements with other brigades.

The Fire Shed is located quite close to the Burra Hall and the Brigade holds a regular "Hot Spots Café" on the last Sunday of each month (except December).  Anyone in the Burra community is very welcome to attend and to bring excess produce for sale or swap.  The Burra Quilters regularly attend and have some excellent goods for sale.

The Burra Brigade, besides being on standby for fire fighting, is very active in fire prevention and community awareness of the danger of fires in the Burra/Urila areas.  If you are a landholder in the region, you can request an assessment of your property for fire safety and a demonstration of fire-fighting equipment and techniques.  If you are planning a hazard reduction burn, or a pile burn, the Brigade can provide valuable advice to prevent things getting out of hand.  During the fire season, it is required that you obtain a permit from the Brigade for any burn and you must notify them (and the Queanbeyan Fire Control Officer on 6128 0600) if you plan a burn outside the fire season.  See the Emergency Information for more detail.

You can learn more about the Burra RFS brigade from their Facebook Page