Fire zone changes

Mayor Charlie Zannino said the City reviewed its Local Planning Scheme No 17 following devastating fires in the Perth Hills in February 2011.

The amendment will require new homes in bushfire prone areas to be built to Australian Standard AS3959.

‘We have considered the recommendations in the Keelty Report into the Perth Hills fires and made changes to try to protect the lives and properties of our residents,’ Cr Zannino said.

‘The City has used the Government’s methodology to map all land in its jurisdiction to rate bushfire hazard on vegetation type and slope of land into categories of extreme, moderate or low.

‘All land that is rated extreme or moderate, or is within 100m of extreme or moderate rated land, will be designated bushfire prone under the City’s Local Planning Scheme No 17.’

Ballajura ward councillor Mel Congerton said the new requirements would not be retrospective.

‘People who now fall into one of these categories are able to continue living in the house they have already built without any changes,’ he said.

‘The amendment affects construction of new homes or additions to an existing house on land that is in a bushfire prone area.’

Residents can find out if the amendment will affect their property by using the Intramaps program on the City’s website.

Click on the Zoning Maps tab, enter an address and select Bushfire Prone from the menu at left to see if a property has been deemed a bushfire prone area.

The City will host information and discussion sessions on the amendment at various locations.

For information, visit www. swan.wa.gov.au. Closing date for submissions is November 14.