How can we improve the Outback Bushfire Management Area Plan?

The Outback BMAP comprises of three parts:

  1. A pdf document Draft Bushfire Management Area Plan - Outback outlining the planning process, content and other relevant information
  2. An interactive spatial web-based map that identifies assets and their risk levels, and includes pop-up tables of information for each asset
  3. A spreadsheet Asset Treatment List containing a list of all BMAP assets, their risk rating and activities to help mitigate the risks.

View the draft plan and tell us what you think in the discussion below.

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Tim Kelly

05 Jun 2019

Thank you for the opportunity the comment on this important Fire Management Plan. It is welcome that for the first time, environmental assets have been incorporated into the development of this plan.

With a large number of proposed new zones and risk treatment activities (in some cases in the absence of zoning), there is a need to get these right and ensure that they are consistent with the State Zoning Standard and other requirements. There is not currently sufficient regard to zoning or information to justify the proposed zoning and risk treatments. It is possible to resolve concerns and there are potential ways to check and assure treatment and zone recommendations but it will take additional engagement and collaboration.

It is not correct to state that "This BMAP has been prepared under specifications as determined
by the State Bushfire Coordination Committee (SBCC)".

It is not clear that this plan has "linkages to the State Rural Fire Hazard Management Plan". There is no direct link, as the Fire and Emergency Services Act (2005) serves as a stand alone document in how it guides the preparation of BMAPs. It is acknowledged that changes are proposed to the Fire and Emergency Services Management Act (2005) and to the content and format of the State Bushfire Management Plan and Bushfire Management Area Plans but these changes have not yet been finalised in the Act or related regulations.

It is false to state that "The FES Act amended 2019 states that the State Rural Fire Hazard Management Plan meets the requirement and objectives of Section 73 of the FES Act 2005". There have been no changes to the Fire and Emergency Services Management Act since 1 July 2017. There are serious issues about what might be lost in content, oversight and approval based on the Amendment Bill to date. These issues must be addressed prior to finalising the Fire and Emergency Services (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2018 and then there is a need to wait until this has been passed by both houses of Parliament, before changes can be assumed or stated as past tense in a draft or final Bushfire Management Area Plan.

I will be preparing a detailed submission and would be happy to meet and discuss.

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