Shoalhaven City Council will ask the NSW government for the power to force private landowners to reduce fire hazards on their property.
The motion, which passed unanimously at Tuesday's meeting, also asked council to further reduce the fuel load in all bushland it manages and requested the RFS Commissioner to undertake an audit of the Shoalhaven's bushfire risk management plan.
Cr Greg Watson, who tabled the motion, lashed out at Greens councillors on Facebook after the meeting.
"After a week of some of the most vial [sic] abuse possible from one or more the Greens [sic] on council they all caved in and supported my motion unchanged," he said on Facebook.
On Tuesday, November 19 Mayor Amanda Findley slammed Greg Watson's hazard reduction motion describing it as "pure politicking" of the worst kind and "preying on people's fears during times of heightened anxiety".
Greens councillor Kaye Gartner proposed adding an amendment to the motion to make representations to the state government about the effect climate change had on fires.
The amendment was withdrawn before it was voted on.
"The amendment doesn't add to the capacity of council to get the government onside for hazard reduction," Cr Bob Proudfoot said.
Shoalhaven City Council is only responsible for 1 per cent of bush fire management area and council's director of planning, environment and development Phil Costello said council already had plans to increase its spending on hazard reduction from $140,000 to $200,000.
"There is a report I signed off on prior to this notice of motion seeking some additional funding as there's a new standard from the Rural Fire Service," Mr Costello said.
"We want to ensure these zones are complying with the RFS requirements."