Key support for bushfire planning
Story Added : 25th May 2011
The funding was recommended by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and was announced as part of the Victorian Government’s election promise.
“This financial assistance will ensure councils are able to implement important bushfire planning provisions for their municipality,” Planning Minister Matthew Guy said.
“Councils will be able to prepare necessary planning scheme amendments without imposing a burden upon the ratepayers. Importantly, this keeps the cost of living for bushfire-affected communities down. The funding will also go towards education and training to improve bushfire risk management in the planning system.”
The Department of Planning and Community Development has been working closely with local government to implement the spending.
“Councils will now be better equipped to develop new content for the local planning policy framework, link the planning system to broader municipal fire prevention activities and engage with residents about creating safer communities,” Mr Guy said.
“Councils will also be able to identify specific risk mitigation, which responds to the nature of the bushfire risk in their area by developing schedules for a new bushfire overlay.”
The 10 shire councils to receive money include Alpine, Baw Baw, Colac Otway, East Gippsland, Glenelg, Hepburn, Mansfield, Nillumbik, Wellington and Yarra Ranges.