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Bushfire Management Plans

A Bushfire Management Plan identifies bushfire hazards, risk to development and strategies for mitigating the impacts of bushfire on life, property and the environment. This includes identifying specific risk factors associated with developments, planning for the separation of at risk elements and providing access and treatments to facilitate an effective response to bushfire.

Some developments in bushfire pone areas require a bushfire management plan (BMP) that are complaint with the local government planning scheme and the state planning policy – Natural hazards risk and resilience. Bushfire management plans take into consideration BAL ratings, macro and site context, environmental features, fire management lines and trails, water supply, access requirements etc. BMPS are also required to meet the local council planning outcomes and objectives.

The purpose of a Bushfire management plan is to:

  1. confirm bushfire hazard exposure;
  2. direct where on a site development should be located to minimise exposure for people, property and buildings to bushfire hazard;
  3. determine measures to be utilised to reduce bushfire hazard;
  4. determine measures to be utilised to mitigate any remaining bushfire hazard.
  1. A bushfire management plan is required to be prepared in consultation with local rural or urban fire brigades and other relevant adjacent land managers and adjoining local government.
  2. A bushfire management plan generally includes the following information:
    1. executive summary;
    2. scope of proposed work;
    3. bushfire hazard assessment;
    4. proposed development;
    5. exposure to hazard and risk assessment including:
      1. likely direction of bushfire attack;
      2. environmental values that may limit mitigation options;
      3. location of evacuation routes and safety zones;
      4. mapping of risk for the different components of the development;
    6. consultation with stakeholders;
    7. proposed hazard mitigation measures including:
      1. siting of development;
      2. warning and evacuation procedures;
      3. protection of high risk buildings with low risk buildings;
      4. use of fire retardant landscaping;
      5. fire fighting infrastructure;
      6. asset protection zones and fire breaks;
    8. preferred development area including identification of:
      1. appropriate land uses and their preferred location, including siting preference based on slope;
      2. road and lot layout;
      3. fire trails and breaks;
      4. evacuation routes;
      5. asset protection zones and treatment;
    9. required ongoing hazard management actions including:
      1. fire trail and break maintenance;
      2. asset protection zone maintenance;
      3. fire fighting infrastructure maintenance;
      4. fire trail signage;
      5. land owner education;
      6. appropriate landscaping and its maintenance;
      7. inspection regime;
    10. recommendations;
    11. conclusion.