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