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WA announces bushfire reforms

Posted on : Wednesday, 31 July 2019

The Western Australian Government has announced a three-stage plan to improve the state's bush fire policy framework, including the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas.

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) made a detailed submission to the WA Government on bushfire reforms in 2017, and the announcements made yesterday are aligned with some of our submission, however the Association believes further reform is still required.

FPA Australia continues to work closely with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to identify areas that require reforms and provide guidance on their implementation. This is done via the Association's Bushfire Working Group and through regular meetings with the Department. 

The Association will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to take advantage of any reforms to bushfire policies to help remove bottlenecks and improve the application of the policy.

 

This includes advocating for a mandatory requirement to engage the services of a BPAD accredited practitioner to prepare a BAL Assessment or a Bushfire Management Plan. FPA Australia has raised this issue with the Minister, who advised the Association that they will consider doing so as part of the package of reforms.

 

For more details please visit: 
https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/announcements/bush-fire-framework-review-2019-and-changes-map