Bushfire Abatement Zone

A Bushfire Abatement Zone will be declared and managed to protect the city from the possible impacts of major bushfire events.

SHORT TERM IMPLEMENTATION

  • A Bushfire Abatement Zone to be declared through necessary regulations to guide land management to reduce fuel loads.
    n Introduction of building controls for bushfire prone areas in accordance with the Building Code of Australia.
  • A Bushfire Prone Area declared over all lands outside the urban area, requiring site-specific risk assessment to determine building standards under the Building Code of Australia.
  • Implementation of land planning principles, including land use restrictions and performance measures for fire hazard reduction.

MEDIUM TERM IMPLEMENTATION

  • Further investigations for new greenfields residential areas will consider potential risk of major natural hazards, including possible changes that may be required to update the Bushfire Abatement Zone to reflect the change in land use.
  • Careful planning and management of land use of Kowen Plateau to ensure the western facing escarpment does not present an unacceptable danger to development on the Plateau.

 

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