State-wide bush­fire map­ping and pol­icy re­vised

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

BE­FORE we know it bush­fire sea­son will be upon us.

Many Mans­field Shire prop­erty own­ers know only too well the po­ten­tial im­pacts of bush­fire hav­ing lived through many sea­sons of ex­tended dry weather and ex­treme tem­per­a­tures.

A state-wide plan­ning scheme amend­ment in­tro­duced on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 3 has re­vised the bush­fire map­ping used for the as­sess­ment of plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions.

The re­vised Bush­fire Man­age­ment Over­lay (BMO) map­ping in­cor­po­rates new sci­ence around bush­fire be­hav­iour to come out of the Vic­to­rian Bush­fire Royal Com­mis­sion with a more com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach to bush­fire risk man­age­ment.

If you are in­ter­ested to hear more about the new map­ping and learn about fire be­hav­iour and how you can pre­pare, Mans­field Shire Coun­cil will be hold­ing two public in­for­ma­tion evenings next week with guest speak­ers.

Kevin Hazell, a recog­nised bush­fire man­age­ment spe­cial­ist who was in­stru­men­tal in the in­tro­duc­tion of the BMO into the plan­ning sys­tem, will be speak­ing about bush­fires and the BMO, and Glenn Cock­ram from the CFA will be speak­ing about how you can pre­pare your prop­erty in the event of fire.

The first meet­ing will be at the Jamieson Town Hall from 6:30-8pm on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 10 and the sec­ond meet­ing at the Mans­field Shire Coun­cil of­fices in Highett Street (cor­ner of Curia Street) in the coun­cil chambers from 6:30-8pm on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11.

Please di­rect any in­quiries to Kathy Richard­son (se­nior strate­gic plan­ner) on 5775 8512 or email kathy. richard­son@mans­field.vic.gov.au.

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