Planning for Bushfire Prone Areas Course
Prevention and protection. Understand the legislation, planning and design principles that protect property and human life from bushfires. This planning for bushfire prone areas course will cover the critical essentials for designing, planning and building in bushfire prone areas.
Severe and ongoing bushfires in Australia have highlighted the importance of planned and controlled development in bushfire prone areas. To maximise safety, the NSW Government has amended legislation and published new guidelines, Planning for Bushfire Protection. This planning for bushfire prone areas course is designed to provide planning and development professionals, particularly those working in the local government arena, with the necessary skills and understanding to apply the relevant requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Rural Fires Act 1997 and AS 3333959 (Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas).
|Duration||Five sessions (40 hours in total)|
|Dates||Mon 16 Nov - Fri 20 Nov, 2020|
|Time||9:00 AM — 5:00 PM|
|Location||This class will be delivered face-to-face pending NSW COVID-19 restrictions.|
|Cost||$2,875 (GST Free)|
In this bushfire planning course you will cover legislation, planning and design principles, as well as aspects of bushfire behaviour and management in detail. You will learn about statutory requirements and protection measures, as well as analysing and problem-solving in relation to bushfire protection measures and acceptable solutions. Sessions are designed to build knowledge, provoke discussions and encourage critical thinking.
Topics covered in this planning for bushfire prone areas course include:
- Bushfire behaviour.
- A multi-faceted approach to bushfire protection.
- Provisions of the Environment and Planning and Assessment Act and Rural Fires Act.
- 'Planning for Bushfire Protection' manual.
- Biodiversity considerations.
- Undertaking bushfire assessments: Application of Seniors Living SEPP.
- Using covenants.
- Legal issues and cases.
- Requirements of AS 3959 (Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas).
- Designing safe and attractive buildings in bushfire prone areas.
At the end of this bushfire planning course you will be able to:
- Understand bushfire behaviour and approaches to protection of property and human life.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the legislative frameworks and contexts.
- Apply an understanding of the current status of planning for bushfire-prone areas in NSW.
- Identify and assess issues in bushfire protection and regulation.
- Conduct bushfire assessments.
- Consider issues related to biodiversity.
- Identify key elements in case studies and best practice.
The planning for bushfire prone areas course will be delivered across four intensive workshop days on campus, and one practical field trip. From lectures through to face-to-face classes and the excursion, you will experience interactive presentations, case studies, scenarios and facilitated workshops. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.
Who is this course for?
This bushfire planning course is suitable for planning and development professionals, particularly those in local government, requiring the necessary skills and understanding to apply the relevant requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Rural Fires Act 1997 and AS 3333959 (Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas).
In-house Training Solutions
This planning for bushfire prone areas course can also be customised and delivered in-house. Find out more >
About the presenters
Grahame Douglas gained over fifteen years’ experience with the Rural Fire Service in strategic analysis and was the architect of the 2002 amendments to legislation concerning development in bushfire prone areas. He also finalised the 2006 edition of ‘Planning for Bushfire Protection’.
Colin Wood holds degrees in Building and Environmental Health, a Masters Degree in Building Surveying and a Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Design. He is a practising Environmental Health and Building Surveyor with over 35 years experience in both Local Government and Private Practice. Colin is currently the Section Manager of Building & Compliance at Shoalhaven City Council.
Stuart Little worked with the NSW Department of Planning for 13 years in bushfire and natural resources policy. He was also one of the authors of ‘Planning for Bushfire Protection’ in 2001 and has been closely involved in its implementation.
This planning for bushfire prone areas course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.
Pathway to postgraduate study
Successful completion of this short course could count as credit towards one of our postgraduate courses. Find out more.
Need more information?
- For course related enquiries and future dates email us or call +61 (02) 9514 7884.
- For enquiries regarding enrolments or payment email us here or call +61 (02) 9514 2913.
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