Buying Property in a Bushfire Prone Area

If you are thinking of buying a property in a Bushfire Prone Area, spend a few minutes listening to Blackash Principal Bushfire Resilience, Corey Shackleton talk through some of the issues and considerations. Glen and John chatted with Corey Shackleton, around the concept of...
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Bushfires in Southeast Australia -summer and autumn

With much of eastern Australia in the grip of record drought, #bushfire weather will persist for months to come. The bushfire season in eastern Australia starts in North Queensland and moves south. The fires in northern NSW will continue to burn with new ignitions from accidents,...
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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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CFA BAL

Living in the Bushfire Flame Zone

I heard an interesting comment recently, that it is “Not a good idea to live in the flame zone.” For many people living on the bush interface, this is not an option. The highest level of bushfire attack level (BAL) is known as BAL Flame Zone. Australian Standard (AS 395...
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So why are there houses in the Bushfire Flame Zone?

The simple answer is planning decisions of the past often did not take into consideration a range of natural hazards (ie flood, slip, acid sulphate soils etc), standards were not in place (AS3959 was first published in 1991) and development often occurred in a ad-hoc way. Many...
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