Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
Coalition Commits Financial Support For Bushfire Planning
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Planning Matthew Guy today announced that 10 bushfire affected councils would receive $120,000 each to undertake essential planning activities identified within the recommendations of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission (VBRC).
The funding forms part of a Victorian Coalition Government key election commitment to implement all the recommendations of the Royal Commission.
“The Royal Commission specifically recommended the Coalition Government encourage councils to introduce bushfire policy in their planning schemes as a matter of urgency.” Mr. Guy said.
“This financial assistance will ensure councils are able to implement important bushfire planning provisions for their municipality.”
“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.” Mr. Guy said.
The Department of Planning and Community Development has been working closely with the local government sector to implement the new bushfire planning provisions.
“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 funding based on the extent of area covered by the existing Wildfire Management Overlay is:
- Baw Baw,
- Colac Otway,
- East Gippsland,
- Yarra Ranges.
The Coalition Government is also working on a detailed response to the needs of Murrindindi Shire Council, which was severely impacted by the February 2009 bushfires.