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, key assets and infrastructure to be protected against bushfire risk based on their importance to the community, within each of the Shire’s local areas.

The Plans were developed as part of the DFES’ Bushfire Risk Management Planning (BRMP) project, and follows on from a successful pilot conducted in 2014 with the Shires of Augusta-Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Collie and Nannup. This time around, the participating local governments include those in the Lower South West, South West, Great Southern, Midwest Gascoyne, Goldfields/Midlands and North East Metropolitan regions of our state. The intention of the Plan is for strategies to be developed and implemented to enhance the protection of critical infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, communication towers and bridges, in addition to other important assets.

WA is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world and the state is facing above normal fire potential for bushfire attack this year, due to a lack of rainfall and increased fuel loads. Last season saw the destruction of Northcliffe and Boddington and this fire season has seen bushfires devastate Esperance and Waroona and Harvey areas. Therefore, it is necessary to take a combined and cooperative approach to identifying and reducing bushfire risks, to reduce the impact of a bushfire and boost community confidence. WA BAL Report supports all measures aimed at reducing bushfire risk and damage. WA BAL Report also urges that you have a Bushfire Attack Level Assessment Report conducted if you live in a bushfire-prone area.

Mitigating bushfire risk is now a priority and shared responsibility that requires collaboration from several Shires. Examples of reducing bushfire risk near priority community infrastructure including community education and fuel load reduction strategies such as building fire breaks, slashing scrub and prescribed burning. The BRMP Project is due to run until 30 June 2016 and, pending further approval, will be extended for a further 4 years.

For more information

WA BAL Report are experts at conducting Bushfire Attack Level Assessments, Bushfire Attack Level Reports and bushfire prevention strategies in general in Perth and Western Australia. For more information, contact our friendly staff on 08 6114 9356 or at admin@wabalreport.com.au.

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