• Bushfire review changes gives property owners more flexibility

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    REIWA welcomes the McGowan Government’s announcement for a new action plan to fix inconsistencies across Western Australia’s bushfire frameworks, standards and mapping.

    Through its collaboration with the WA Government and various stakeholder groups, REIWA raised concerns about the practical application of bushfire attack level assessments, which were applied in the final review.

    REIWA President Damian Collins said the Institute has been supportive of the review as risk mitigation needs to be at the forefront of these plans in order to protect both lives and properties.

    “With a diversity of landscape in WA, not all properties can be treated the same, therefore it is also important that the risk assessment doesn’t unfairly penalise property owners adjacent to small areas of bush.

    “REIWA is pleased the WA Government has listened to the recommendations of the real estate industry, by including our advice on the mapping process and adapting it to better suit  the metropolitan area,” Mr Collins said.

    The first of the three stage plan will increase the minimum area of declared bushfire prone vegetation from one hectare to four within the metropolitan Perth Central sub-region – resulting in a 30 per cent reduction in the number of properties declared bushfire prone.

    “This is a significant win for WA property owners who are living in low-risk urban areas, from Stirling to Belmont to Fremantle, that were impacted in their ability to develop or subdivide their properties due to close proximity to small areas of bush, or they were required to install expensive fire proofing to mitigate against small risk areas. With the new action plan, owners will now have more control over what can be done with their property,” Mr Collins said.

    Overall REIWA congratulates the McGowan Government for its sensible approach to a complex issue that will keep people safe without adding unnecessary restrictions on Metropolitan properties. 

    For more information about REIWA's advocacy efforts, visit our advocacy page.