Bushfire Management

Accredited to the highest level, we are both qualified and highly experienced in working on projects within the tourism related industry. We have provided services to operators of bed and breakfasts, wineries, cafes and restaurants, and attractions such as golf courses and state recreation and conservation attractions and have extensive experience in providing the required bushfire risk management planning for nature-based tourism in remote areas. Our services extend to State, Federal and private entities along with tourist operators and indigenous communities to design site specific bushfire solutions.

Bushfire Prone Planning is known for:

  • Our focus on outcomes for the client in accordance with the State bushfire provisions. 
  • Our capacity and responsiveness with seven bushfire consultants, two dedicated GIS specialists, administrative support and cross capability, we can respond to required timeframes and have in built service redundancy, helping to deliver on time.
  • Our ability to develop performance based alternative solutionsproviding risk assessment and design solutions for difficult situations as the result of having extensive relevant experience and the required qualifications and accreditation (BPAD Level 3 required).
  • Our range of servicesa function of accreditation, experience and the size of the group.
  • Our ability to provide services state-widewith Perth, Bunbury, Margaret River and Albany based consultants we drive, fly and camp anywhere the project requires, including remote locations.
  • Our integritywe value and defend our independence. Bushfire risk and management measures are assessed accurately and in accordance with the bushfire provisions. If a proposal is unlikely to be approved, we will tell you before taking it on. Expert witness work (including State Administrative Tribunal hearings) is only accepted if we genuinely believe that a valid case exists.
  • Our focus on bushfire consulting it is all we do. This is not an add on service to a different core business.
  • Our depth and range of skills and experience Bushfire Prone Planning is a current contractor to DFES for the provision of bushfire related technical advice.  The directors and employee’s previous careers have provided a valuable combination of synergistic skills and experience. We have extensive contacts in the industry, an understanding of the functioning of local and State government and nearly four years of developing bushfire consulting expertise and developing a range of assessment reports / plans for a range of projects.
  • Our practical bushfire experience and local knowledgesecond to none in the industry, includes bushfire incident control (including at the highest Level 1), managing prescribed burning, leadership at bushfire volunteer level and mitigation planning and works over significant time periods. This results in unique specific knowledge and abilities to develop bushfire risk management solutions.
  • Our understanding of the WA planning environment developed through past careers and current collaboration with the WA planning authorities and their advisors. Includes regular mutually beneficial consultation, making policy submissions, participating in the ongoing review of the ‘Guidelines’ associated with the State bushfire provisions. This results in awareness of future regulatory directions and develops valuable lines of communication.

Services

These services are provided under the bushfire provisions established by legislation in WA and the resulting State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas (DoP 2015), the associated Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas (WAPC 2017 v.1.3) and the requirement for certain development to comply with the bushfire performance measures of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) as applicable to WA.

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessments

  • BAL’s are determined using the simplified Method 1 and/or detailed Method 2 (to be conducted only by a BPAD Level 3 accredited bushfire practitioner) as per AS3959-2009; and
  • The results can be presented in tabulated form and/or as a BAL Contour map in which the potential BAL’s will be presented as different coloured contour intervals constructed around the areas of classified bushfire prone vegetation. These represent the varying extent to which different Bushfire Attack Levels (BAL’s) apply as the distance increases away from the classified vegetation.

Bushfire Management Plans

We review and understand the project, conduct the required assessments and produce Bushfire Management Plans (BMP’s) for:

  • Strategic planning stages including: Region Scheme Amendments; Local Planning Strategies; Local Planning Scheme Amendments; Structure Plans.
  • Subdivision applications. This includes proposals for creating one extra lot to hundreds of lots for both individuals, corporate and government developers.
  • Development applications for small scale / large scale / private / corporate and government development including ‘vulnerable’ and ‘high risk’ land uses as defined by SPP 3.7. Past work has included schools, camp grounds, caravan parks, tourist developments, mining camps, aged care accommodation, energy, water, transport, communication and defence development proposals.
  • BMP’s for subdivision and development proposals are also produced as preliminary assessments in which the content is constructed to assess the feasibility of being able to satisfy the bushfire provisions at future stages of planning. The intent is to identify any constraints (or opportunities) that exist and with collaboration with the proponent and the decision maker, we develop solutions.
  • Content will vary dependant on the proposal stage and purpose of the plan and can include Bushfire Hazard Level Assessment; Environmental Considerations; Bushfire Attack Level Assessment; Mapping; Assessments against the Bushfire Protection Criteria; Development and Justification of Alternative Solutions; Responsibilities of Landowners / Developers / Local Government to implement and maintain the bushfire risk management measures established by the BMP.

Quality Mapping

  • For our mapping requirements, we use specialist GIS software. This is a significant investment but enables the provision of accurate high quality maps and enables scripting and templating to be utilised. Creating accurate BAL contours across an area of varying slopes is a skilled process. It also provides the ability to derive extra data from the creation of the various map layers. This metadata provides more detailed information that can be tabulated and is valuable for certain applications.

Bushfire Risk Assessment and Risk Mitigation Measures

  • These assessments generally do not involve proposals for development and therefore do not require the Bushfire Protection Criteria to be addressed. Typically, they are for State departments, local government authorities and other owners of larger areas of land, to plan mitigation works and ongoing management measures for areas of bushfire prone vegetation under their control - including public open space, reserves and areas surrounding critical infrastructure.

Bushfire Evacuation (Response) Plans

  • Are required to accompany development applications for land use that meets the definition of ‘vulnerable’ (as per the ‘Guidelines’) – where the proposal is likely to have occupants with a lesser capacity to respond in the event of a bushfire.
  • We develop a practical plan that focusses on being understandable, usable and effective for the persons that may need to use it. It is structured around preparation, awareness and response and is not just about evacuation.

Environmental Surveys and Impact Assessments

  • Environmental impact assessments are frequently requested following Development Applications of all sizes. Those requested can include flora, vegetation, fauna and black cockatoo habitat surveys, weed mapping, and wetland management planning.  Vegetation management, native habitat retention, and conservation requirements have a direct impact of on how bushfire mitigation measures can be implemented.  The integration of environmental surveys with bushfire assessment allows the ongoing identification of opportunities for process streamlining, and optimisation of both conservation and bushfire management planning.

Other Services

  • Training in practical fuel load assessment and associated aspects and information sources.
  • Presentations regarding operating within the WA bushfire provisions, specific implications for specific situations, persons, businesses / organisations and application examples.
  • Expert Witness. Typically, this service is used by one of the parties in a State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) mediation or hearing.

Contact:

Bushfire Prone Planning

e: admin@bushfireprone.com.au

p: 08 6477 1144

w: www.bushfireprone.com.au

Level 1 159-161 James Street,

Guildford WA 6055