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Bushfire prone areas identified in the ACT

By 26 June 2014 5

With a large number of homes identified as being in a Bushfire Prone Area, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has urged the Canberra community to continue to have their say on the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan during consultation over the next month.

Prepared by the ACT Emergency Services Agency, the draft of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan Version Three, launched for public comment last week, identified Bushfire Prone Areas across the ACT.

“As part of a review of the SBMP, the theme – ‘Living on the edge’, has been promoted to highlight high risk areas where the bushland meets the built-up area of Canberra,” he said.

“Bushfire Prone Area (BPA) maps have been prepared to identify areas at risk from bushfire across the ACT.

“Close to a quarter of all dwellings in the ACT are located in the area identified as BPA in the draft maps. As the city grows, new suburbs are being developed on the western edge of Canberra, which includes new areas in Molonglo. Due to the concentration of people and houses, this western edge presents the greatest bushfire risk to life and property.

“I ask every Canberran to visit the ESA website, www.esa.act.gov.au and view these draft maps to determine if they live in a bushfire prone area. The maps are part of an integrated program to address bushfire risk by both the ACT Government and the community.

“In addition to identifying at risk areas of Canberra, these maps may also provide triggers for building houses that are better able to withstand bushfires. As the SBMP is finalised for release later in the year, these maps and the actions that Government and the community will undertake in bushfire prone areas will also be finalised. Subject to the outcomes of the consultation process on SBMP the government will look to strengthen its planning arrangements for future construction standards in Bushfire Prone Areas.

“Having a community that is prepared is a shared responsibility. All residents should ensure that vegetation on their property is managed to reduce bushfire risk.”

Comments on the draft SBMP are welcome and can be addressed to the ESA Commissioner up until 30 July, 2014 at sbmphaveyoursay@act.gov.au.

(Simon Corbell Media Release)

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5 Responses to Bushfire prone areas identified in the ACT
#1
A_Cog2:57 pm, 26 Jun 14

“…“Having a community that is prepared is a shared responsibility. All residents should ensure that vegetation on their property is managed to reduce bushfire risk…”

ie, you’re on your own. Prep your bug-out bag. Hustle people, HUSTLE!

#2
davo1014:12 pm, 26 Jun 14

Woo hoo, I’m not in a bush fire prone area–but the neighbours are.

#3
HiddenDragon6:21 pm, 26 Jun 14

“I ask every Canberran to visit the ESA website, http://www.esa.act.gov.au and view these draft maps to determine if they live in a bushfire prone area. The maps are part of an integrated program to address bushfire risk by both the ACT Government and the community….”

If community members (particularly those who now find their homes in a bushfire prone area on the draft map) are to address bushfire risk, they need the freedom to deal with the fire fuel load around their homes – and that includes trees which are covered by the tree protection legislation.

Unless the ACT Government faces this reality, and acts firmly and clearly to ensure that its tree protection legislation does not (due to its wording, or the manner in which it is administered) prevent home owners from reducing fire risks, it will be very difficult for many Canberrans to treat this exercise with the seriousness which it deserves.

#4
Listers_Cat9:16 pm, 26 Jun 14

Canberra is so sterile that its almost a shame that the Northbourne flats will end up getting bulldozed.

#5
KB19711:19 pm, 27 Jun 14

I would like to know how hoses that are on the south eastern part of a clear zone are at high risk considering that most out of control fire travel fron the north east?

I would also like to know if the risk is lowered by affective fuel management, not the garbage that goes on around town now?

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