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Deadly bushfires cost insurers millions

WA BAL Report reports that the cost of 4 catastrophes that occurred in Australia over summer have cost insurance agencies more than half a billion dollars, according to the Insurance Council of Australia. There were 3 bushfires in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, as well as a tornado in New South Wales, racking up Read more about Deadly bushfires cost insurers millions[…]

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Upcoming seminar on building in bushfire prone areas

The Building Commission and FPA Australia will hold seminars on construction requirements for building in bushfire-prone areas. The seminars are specifically targeted for building surveyors, permit authority officers, practitioners interested in bushfire construction requirements and other stakeholders. The seminars will be conducted on the following dates: Monday 4 April 2016 at 8:30am to 12:30pm (Perth) Read more about Upcoming seminar on building in bushfire prone areas[…]

Building Commission to hold seminar on bushfire standards for building industry

The Building Commission is conducting an update seminar for members of the building and construction industries. The purpose of the seminar is to canvas the upcoming changes and proposed amendments to the Building Regulations 2012 in relation to bushfires and swimming pool barriers. An overview of construction details in accordance with Australian Standards 3959, the Read more about Building Commission to hold seminar on bushfire standards for building industry[…]

Application process for bushfire-prone areas

WA BAL Report are experts at conducting bushfire attack level assessments and bushfire attack level reports to determine your site’s BAL Rating, which will identify the additional requirements that need to be met in building or developing on the site. Depending on the features of your site, the application process for building or redeveloping in designated bushfire-prone areas Read more about Application process for bushfire-prone areas[…]

How the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) identifies bushfire-prone areas

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and the Office of Bushfire Risk Management (OBRM) prepares a map of bushfire-prone areas in Western Australia. The map identifies land which is subject to, or likely to be subject to, bushfire attack. This risk is based on the presence and proximity to bushfire-prone vegetation for the Read more about How the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) identifies bushfire-prone areas[…]

Factors affecting bushfire behaviour

WA BAL Report are experts in conducting bushfire attack level assessments and bushfire attack level reports. A bushfire attack level assessment report is important in determining your risk from bushfires and how to properly protect yourself from that risk. Although bushfires are inherently unpredictable, they do exhibit certain behaviours. Today WA BAL Report sheds some Read more about Factors affecting bushfire behaviour[…]

How to recover after being impacted by bushfire

WA BAL Report are experts in conducting bushfire attack level assessments and bushfire attack level reports for those living in bushfire-prone areas. However, unfortunately, when bushfires do strike, despite your best efforts, you may be negatively impacted. If your home has been damaged or destroyed by fire, it can be a difficult and daunting time, Read more about How to recover after being impacted by bushfire[…]

Bushfire Attack Level Contour Maps, Bushfire Hazard Level Assessments and Bushfire Management Plans

WA BAL Report are experts at preparing Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment Reports, Bushfire Attack Level Contour Maps, Bushfire Hazard Level Assessments and Bushfire Management Plans. You may be familiar with bushfire attack level assessments and bushfire attack level reports. However, are you familiar with the other types of specialist bushfire work WA BAL Report Read more about Bushfire Attack Level Contour Maps, Bushfire Hazard Level Assessments and Bushfire Management Plans[…]

“Bushfire-proof homes” burnt down in Wye River and Separation Creek

WA BAL Report are committed to preventing loss of property and life from bushfires. This means conducting bushfire attack level assessment reports for those living in bushfire-prone areas. The importance of implementing proper housing design standards has been demonstrated after at least 5 bushfire-rated homes were destroyed in the bushfires in Wye River and Separation Read more about “Bushfire-proof homes” burnt down in Wye River and Separation Creek[…]

Understanding bushfire behaviour

WA BAL Report would like to explain fire behaviour in the hopes of better educating its clients to survive bushfire attack. There are thousands of bushfires in Western Australia every year, making our state one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world. Bushfires can start and take hold with no warning, and can quickly Read more about Understanding bushfire behaviour[…]

Prepare an emergency kit in the event of a bushfire

WA BAL Report is today discussing preparing an emergency survival kit which will be useful in the event of bushfires. WA BAL Report recommends that if you live in an area that is likely to be affected by bushfires, that you prepare an emergency survival kit, to prepare and protect your household. It is important to Read more about Prepare an emergency kit in the event of a bushfire[…]

Conducting controlled burning to reduce bush fire risk

WA BAL Report are committed to preventing loss of property and life from bushfires. This means conducting bushfire attack level assessment reports for those living in bushfire-prone areas. However, if you live in a bushfire-prone area, it is likely you will be required to do more to prepare yourself for a bushfire. Controlled, prescribed or Read more about Conducting controlled burning to reduce bush fire risk[…]

Total Fire Bans to avoid bushfires

WA BAL Report are committed to preventing loss of property and life from bushfires. This means conducting bushfire attack level assessment reports for those living in bushfire-prone areas. However, if you live in a bushfire-prone area, it is likely you will be required to do more to prepare yourself for a bushfire. From time to Read more about Total Fire Bans to avoid bushfires[…]

Deciding whether to stay and defend or leave early in the event of a bushfire

WA BAL Report understands that for many people living in bushfire-prone areas, their family home is their castle and they are highly motivated to defend it from bushfire. Your home may be a safe place in the event of a bushfire if it is well constructed, maintained and prepared. On the other hand, bushfires are Read more about Deciding whether to stay and defend or leave early in the event of a bushfire[…]

How to avoid your house catching fire – implement a Building Protection Zone

WA BAL Report are committed to preventing property damage and loss of life caused by bushfires. WA BAL Report recommends you have a BAL Assessment Report conducted of your property if you live in a bushfire-prone area. This will determine your BAL Rating and help you figure out the building requirements needed to be complied Read more about How to avoid your house catching fire – implement a Building Protection Zone[…]

Bushfire in Joondalup causes $200,000 damage

A bushfire in Joondalup on Monday 14 March 2016 has caused the evacuation of the ECU Joondalup campus and damaged 2 buildings. More than 500 people were evacuated from the university and a student accommodation and childcare centre buildings. It is alleged that the fire started when a camper in the Lake Joondalup Nature Reserve used a Read more about Bushfire in Joondalup causes $200,000 damage[…]

Your bushfire prevention calendar

WA BAL Report are committed to preventing loss of property and life from bushfires. This means conducting bushfire attack level assessment reports for those living in bushfire-prone areas. However, if you live in a bushfire-prone area, it is likely you will be required to do more to prepare yourself for a bushfire. You should take Read more about Your bushfire prevention calendar[…]

About the Fire Danger Ratings

WA BAL Report are committed to preventing loss of property and life from bushfires. This means conducting bushfire attack level assessment reports for those living in bushfire-prone areas. However, if you live in a bushfire-prone area, it is likely you will be required to do more to prepare yourself for a bushfire. The Department of Read more about About the Fire Danger Ratings[…]

Develop a bushfire survival plan

WA BAL Report recommends that, if you live in a bushfire-prone area, you have a bushfire attack level assessment report conducted of your property. However, it is important to go beyond that and prepare a bushfire survival plan, to be implemented when a bushfire threatens your home and family. Remember, the more prepared you are, Read more about Develop a bushfire survival plan[…]

Preparing your home for bushfire attack

WA BAL Report are committed to preventing loss of property and life from bushfires. WA BAL Report conducts bushfire attack level assessments and bushfire attack level reports to determine your bushfire attack level rating. However, if you live in a bushfire-prone area, it is likely you will be required to do more to prepare yourself Read more about Preparing your home for bushfire attack[…]

The Bushfire Planning and Design Accreditation Scheme

WA BAL Report are accredited under the Bushfire Planning and Design Accreditation (BPAD) Scheme. This is in relation to the conducting of Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment Reports. The purpose of the scheme is to provide formal recognition of bushfire practitioners providing bushfire assessment, planning, design and advice services. Practitioners must meet criteria based on Read more about The Bushfire Planning and Design Accreditation Scheme[…]

Minor and Unavoidable developments in a bushfire-prone area

At WA BAL Report, in addition to getting queries from people wishing to propose a high-risk land use in a bushfire-prone area, we also get queries as to whether a proposed development in a bushfire-prone area is a minor development or an unavoidable development. This is relevant because minor and unavoidable developments are excluded from the Read more about Minor and Unavoidable developments in a bushfire-prone area[…]

Proposing a high-risk land use in a bushfire-prone area

At WA BAL Report, in addition to getting queries from people wishing to propose a vulnerable land use in a bushfire-prone area, we also get queries from people wishing to propose a high-risk land use in a bushfire-prone area. We can provide assistance and conduct the required assessments where you are applying for development of Read more about Proposing a high-risk land use in a bushfire-prone area[…]

Proposing a vulnerable land use in a bushfire-prone area

WA BAL Report specialise in conducting Bushfire Attack Level Assessments and Bushfire Attack Level Reports. At WA BAL Report, we get queries from people wishing to propose a vulnerable land use in a bushfire-prone area. We can provide assistance and conduct the required assessments where you are applying for development of a vulnerable land use Read more about Proposing a vulnerable land use in a bushfire-prone area[…]

Subdivision in bushfire prone areas

WA BAL Report specialise in conducting Bushfire Attack Level Assessments and Bushfire Attack Level Reports. At WA BAL Report, we get queries from people wanting to undertake subdivision on their property. We can provide assistance and conduct the required assessments where you are applying for subdivision in a bushfire-prone area. If a subdivision is designed Read more about Subdivision in bushfire prone areas[…]

Developing in bushfire prone areas

WA BAL Report specialise in conducting Bushfire Attack Level Assessments and Bushfire Attack Level Reports. At WA BAL Report, we get queries from people wanting to develop on their property. We can provide assistance and conduct the required assessments where you are applying for development approval in a bushfire-prone area. All development applications in bushfire-prone Read more about Developing in bushfire prone areas[…]

Bushfire Risk Management Planning

WA BAL Report supports the initiative of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and 16 high bushfire risk Local Governments across Western Australia in developing comprehensive Bushfire Risk Management (BRM) Plans. The purpose of the BRM Plans are to help to better protect communities and their assets from bushfire by identifying vulnerable communities, Read more about Bushfire Risk Management Planning[…]

Complying with AS3959 – how much will it cost?

WA BAL Report specialise in conducting Bushfire Attack Level Assessments and Bushfire Attack Level Reports. If you live in a bushfire-prone area, you may be required to comply with certain building and design standards under the Australian Standards (AS) 3959 based upon your BAL Rating. WA BAL Report can assist you with determining your BAL Read more about Complying with AS3959 – how much will it cost?[…]