Keeping your home and family safe from bushfire involves many things. This includes choosing where to build your home on your property, the materials you use to build, the design of your house and landscaping can all be factors in defending your home during a bushfire.
Planning SA have prepared a Fact Sheet for "Building a home in a Bushfire Prone Area", this provides an overview of the requirements that apply to all new homes and accommodation facilities built in South Australia´s designated Bushfire Prone Areas. It also provides information on extending an existing home in a designated Bushfire Prone Area.
Many Councils employ a Fire Prevention Officer to assist the community in planning and prevention strategies. They can assist you by:
The Country Fire Service can also assist you with planning. Contact the Development Assessment Unit on (08) 8391 6077.
When building a new home in a rural area some of the things that should be considered are:
Planning the landscaping around your home will improve your chances of protecting your home during a bushfire. This refers to the location and maintenance of selected plant species surrounding your buildings. When correctly managed this can:
Other things that you should consider are:
If you are unsure which Local Council you belong to, follow the directions on the Local Government Website.
Landscape & Building Design for Bushfire Areas published by the CSIRO sets out a practical design approach to the design of buildings and their immediate surroundings. It also describes what happens in a bushfire and how buildings are ignited.