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Key components for bushfire planning

18 Nov 2015

For those with a Fire Management Plan or a Fire Hazard Reduction plan it is advisable to undertake the recommended actions to ensure you are compliant in accordance with these plans. This may include annual fire-break maintenance, removing long grass, weeds and scrub from within the building protection zone, cleaning gutters and the preparation of an effective, safe evacuation plan.

There are a number of specific actions that should be considered as key components in facility management and planning where there is potential for bushfire activity, including mine sites, urban developments and areas of recreation. These include:

  • Undertaking targeted fuel hazard assessment - to estimate on-site fuel loads, average slopes and predominant vegetation types

  • Mapping bushfire prone areas to inform implementation of AS 3595-2009 - a specific map assisting future planning and development to inform bushfire management compliance with regulatory standards and guidelines

  • Preparing bushfire risk assessments - prescribing risk mitigation options for specific sites on the basis of comprehensive bushfire risk-based analysis

  • Preparing maps and figures - identifying key characteristics of the on-ground fire environemnt and recommend bushfire management actions

  • Preparing bushfire management plans - in accordance with the statutory planning process and associated State Planning Policy 3.7 and Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire-Prone Areas.

The above components are a must for bushfire prevention and should be undertaken on properties on a regular basis (where applicable).