Article: Living with Bushfires

Here’s an interesting article we found recently published by one of Australia’s leading Science Journalists, Dr Paul Willis   I choose to live in an area of high bushfire risk. I’m not alone, many of my fellow Australians live in similar areas on the margins of our cities or in country and rural areas. As the…

Level 1 Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessors’ accrediting body and training courses

A further information session on accreditation and training for Level 1 Bushfire Attack Level Assessors is scheduled to take place in Geraldton. The Geraldton information session will include details about the accreditation and training courses being offered by the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) [the first accrediting body in Western Australia] for Level 1…

Bushfire Risk Management submissions online

As part of the development of the government’s proposed Planning and Development (Bushfire Risk Management) Regulations 2014, a number of stakeholders, including Local Government Authorities, have made submissions which are now publicly available to view online at http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/publications/7452.asp The Department of Planning has advised that it is currently considering all comments received on the bushfire regulations.

Bushfire rules fail most vulnerable

Proposed bushfire regulations that could start in May do not address property valuations, mortgages or insurance issues for properties in areas considered prone to fire, the Australian Property Institute has warned. The draft State planning policy for bushfire risk management is designed to protect people, property and infrastructure from the impact of fires but the…

Poor plans seen in WA fire policy

A leading expert on bushfire architecture is alarmed over WA’s proposed bushfire planning policy, warning it could put lives at risk. Ian Weir said the proposed policy did not support homeowners building to the highest bushfire design standards and allowed homes in areas deemed to be low hazard risk to eschew Australian standards. Mr Weir,…

Bushfire code may hit urban homes

[The West Australian] Inner-city homes overlooking Kings Park or backing on to nature strips would be treated the same as semi-rural blocks under proposed new bushfire planning policy and guidelines. Residents building on such sites could face development restrictions and be slugged thousands to equip their properties with anti- bushfire measures. More than 130 properties…