Bushfire Opportunities & Constraints

  One of the fundamental questions clients have for us regarding the development of a site is what can we safely do and what are the legislative requirements for the development type. New development has considerable bushfire requirements from setback from the hazard, design...
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NSW Legislative Changes for infill development on bushfire prone land

As of 1 March 2018, cosmetic changes to the structure of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act), take effect as it relates to development in bushfire prone areas. Section 79BA is now section 4.14. Section 79BA of the Environmental Planning and Assessment...
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Our Approach…

The intent and vision of Blackash is simple – that we work in a niche, collaborating with clients to design, develop and implement innovative solutions in the bushfire, landuse, resilience, consequence management and emergency management space. We seek out complex emergency...
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Resilience & adaptation to the “new normal”

Natural disasters are a part of life. While we can’t predict when they will occur or the consequences that will manifest in our communities, we know they will happen. And when they happen, the affected communities will transform. It is unrealistic and narrow minded to think...
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Bushfires & living in the bush

Bushfire has been part of the natural environment of the Australian continent for thousands of years. The forest and grassland environments have adapted to accommodate this as have the original inhabitants. The frequency and intensity of bushfires varies throughout the landscape...
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Wayfinding – Learning from the Past

We are surrounded by clues to our past. As we design communities, planners give a nod to people, places or significant events that shape or give rise to that form. Examples might be “The Broadway” for a wide boulevard, “Scribbly Gum Crescent” for an area...
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Great Ocean Road Post Bushfire Resilience Guideline

Guideline for Building in Bushfire Prone Areas Wye River & Separation Creek The 2015 Christmas Day Bushfires resulted in the loss of 116 houses in Wye River and Separation Creek on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. The government and community have worked together to not only...
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Bushfire persistence

Bushfire persistence and why resilience matters

As a nation who celebrates “droughts and flooding rains” it is odd that we are so resistant to accepting the persistence of bushfires at the urban interface. Bushfires are a part of Australian environment. Not all bushfires are controllable and for fires that burn on blow up...
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Australian Bushfire Seasons

Bushfire management and the size of the problem

Bushfire has been a natural part of our landscape for thousands of years and remains an ever-present threat for our community. With increasing urban development and a climate that is getting drier and warmer, bushfires are an increasing risk for people in bushfire prone areas....
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What can be done to increase the resilience of houses in the Flame Zone?

The management of bushfires is a shared responsibility at all levels of society. In general terms, an acceptable level of protection from bush fires can be achieved through a combination of strategies which: Put standards in place (such as AS3959 and Planning for Bushfire...
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