DELWP Bushfire Briefing Session
We recently attended a workshop conducted by Bushfire Planning (KH Planning Services), explaining recent developments in bushfire assessment in Victoria.
Thank you Kevin Hazell for leading this informative session. These were our 3 top takeaways:
- Clause 71.02-3 (VC140) calls for a mandatory prioritising and protection of human life above all other policy considerations in bushfire affected areas.
- Clause 13.02 specifies seven key considerations in planning for bushfire these are:
- Landscape bushfire considerations;
- Alternative locations for development;
- Availability of safe areas;
- The views of the relevant fire authority and other relevant agencies;
- Site based exposure;
- Areas of high biodiversity conservation value;
- No increase in risk.
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning v Yarra Ranges SC (Red Dot)  VCAT 323 found that:
- Bushfire risk should be considered not solely from a site or immediate local perspective but from a wider landscape perspective;
- Planning for bushfire is not a ‘tick the box’ approach and must satisfy the policy framework;
- 13.02 is unequivocal in directing development to low risk locations when addressing ‘protection of human life’;
- Bushfire shelter and evacuating the site on code red days is not enough to reduce extreme risk of bushfire.
Are you considering building in a bushfire prone area? Contact Plans in Motion today to discuss how we can assist you.