Blackash has been part of the team working on the Snowy Mountains Special Activation Precinct (Snowy SAP) which aims to increase year-round tourism to this stunning region.
Blackash has been providing bushfire expertise and services in support of the Masterplan for Jindabyne’s town centre and surrounds, and popular tourist locations in Kosciuszko National Park.
The Snowy SAP will identify opportunities to:
The Enquiry by Design used by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has been used to explore, test and resolve design strategies for the Snowy SAP. Blackash has provided:
Bushfire has been a key consideration and design requirement in the development of the Snowy Master Plan and the Snowy SAP.
The Cooma Monaro Local Government Area and the Snowy Mountains has a history of large and high consequence bushfires that have interrupted the community and significantly impacted the natural environment, most notably in 2003 and 2020.
In a bushfire context, strategic land use planning must ensure that future land uses are in appropriate locations to minimise the risk to life and property from bushfire attack. The broad principles which apply to this analysis are:
The Snowy SAP is seeking to significantly expand utilisation within the alpine areas which will require new and adaptive approaches to be developed and applied to conserve the unique nature of the alpine areas while providing for the protection of human life. Blackash has been collaborating with the Snowy SAP team to provide a balanced view on these matters.