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New Bushfire management overlay areas applied in Golden Plains Shire

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Thursday, 5 October 2017 - 2:30pm

A Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) is a specified area of land identified as having the highest bushfire risk and is most likely to be impacted by bushfire.

The BMO was introduced as a result of recommendations from the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. It ensures that development doesn’t proceed unless the risk to life and property is managed to an acceptable level.

In the next week, 950 households in the north of the Shire will receive letters advising of changes to areas covered by a BMO.

Existing homes and approved developments will not be required to make changes as a result of falling within a BMO; it predominantly applies to new dwellings and buildings.

The information sheet in the below link provides answers to many questions property owners may have about building within a BMO.

BMO information sheet

The following webpage provides extensive relevant information regarding the updated Bushfire Management Overlay:

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Thursday, 5 October 2017 - 2:37pm


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.