BPAD Accredited Bushfire Consultant

BPAD – Level 3 Consultant who assists Town Planners
with Bushfire Reports, Assessments & BAL Certificates.

Servicing Northern Rivers Region Council Areas (Northern NSW)

BPAD – Level 3 Qualified Consultant with Local Knowledge

Bushfire Risk Consultants is run by Melanie Jackson. Melanie has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Resource Management), Graduate Diploma (Bushfire Protection), BPAD-Level 3 Accredited Practitioner and is a member of FPA Australia.  Melanie has also been a volunteer Firefighter and a Fire Mitigation Officer with the NSW Rural Fire Services in the Northern Rivers.

Melanie has expert knowledge of the building requirements of the Northern Rivers Shire Councils:  Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Clarence Valley Council, Kyogle Council, Lismore City Council, Richmond Valley Council and Tweed Shire Council. Melanie assists Town Planners with gaining development approval for sites or land requiring both simple and complex bushfire assessments.

Melanie Jackson

How we help Town Planners?

Bushfire Risk Consultants assist Town Planners with complex bushfire assessments and help deliver a successful development application for their clients. We have a thorough understanding of the complex legislation and the requirements of each council.

Professional Expertise

  • Detailed bushfire hazard assessment and reporting in accordance with NSW Planning for Bushfire Protection (PBP).
  • Determination of construction standards in accordance with PBP, Australian Standard AS3959-2009 & the Building Codes of Australia (BCA).
  • Emergency risk management, evacuation plans & mitigation strategies;
  • Vegetation, ecological assessment & mapping in relation to bushfire;
  • Sub-division design for bushfire prone land in rural, rural residential zones & at the rural/urban interface.
  • Bushfire Management for Special Fire Protection Purpose Developments (SFPP) eg. Tourism, Education and Aged Care Facilities.
  • Single dwellings, alterations and additions, multiple occupancy and community title schemes.
  • Expert communication, consultation and client liaison skills, between volunteers, stakeholders and public/private land owners.

Contact or Call Melanie Jackson

Bushfire Assessment Services for Town Planners

Pre-purchase and Preliminary Assessment/Consultation

The aim of this assessment is to help clients understand what they are facing before they start. Buying or building on or near bushfire prone land does have certain constraints in relation to land use, building design, construction materials and ultimately cost.

A pre-purchase or preliminary assessment or consultation can identify potential issues relating to bushfire risk before you start to sink money into the development.

This report, however, does not take the place of a full bushfire risk assessment which may still be required with the submission of a development application. Alternatively a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Certificate may be required for Complying Development purposes.

Bushfire Risk Assessment Report s.4.14 (formerly s.79BA)

A Bushfire Risk Assessment Report (s.4.14 – formerly s.79BA) is needed for new homes, granny flats, dual occupancy or alterations and additions to an existing dwelling in bushfire prone areas.

Bushfire Risk Consultants provide comprehensive bushfire reports for your Development Application (DA) to Council. Having extensive experience, environmental and bushfire qualifications, we work closely with you and your clients choosing to build in the beautiful Northern Rivers Region.

A comprehensive bushfire report will be provided and shall include the solutions required for a development to be realised. By engaging Bushfire Risk Consultants in the early planning stages you will achieve greater peace of mind, increased approval success, which can potentially reduce the BAL rating, associated building costs, planning restrictions and costly delays.

Bushfire Risk Assessment Reports for Integrated Development (100B)

Bushfire Risk Assessment Reports are required for large and small scale sub-divisions, boundary adjustments, sub-dividing dual-occupancies and special fire protection purpose (SFPP) developments (e.g. schools, tourist accommodation) in bushfire prone areas.

Bushfire Risk Consultants conduct comprehensive bushfire assessments for development applications against the NSW RFS document ‘Planning for Bushfire Protection’ 2006 and AS3959-2009. Under s.4.46 (formerly s.91) of the EPA Act 1979 in combination with s.100B of the NSW Rural Fires Act 1997, these developments require a Bushfire Safety Authority (BFSA) from the NSW RFS.

We work closely with our clients, balancing site constraints, the built and natural environmental requirements, and present a detailed report, outlining what you need to do to achieve compliance. We promise that our service, availability and advice will exceed your expectations. By engaging Bushfire Risk Consultants in the early planning stages will prevent costly delays, planning restrictions and potentially maximise development yield.

Alternate Solution Report

Alternative Solutions Reports are used if your development cannot comply with the acceptable solutions, or your site is heavily constrained, and a one-size-fits-all approach under the planning framework may not suffice.

Development applications of this type will require the submission of additional information to that as identified in the submission requirements for 100B and 79BA developments.

Specialist alternate solutions may include site specific fuel load assessments and complex calculations to determine potential fire behaviour, presented in a standalone ‘Bushfire Safety Engineering Brief’ or within a ‘Bushfire Risk Assessment Report’ for the DA.

Examples where alternate solutions may be required:

  • Heavily constrained or flame zone sites with reduced APZ distances between the building location and hazard.
  • Asset protection zones (APZ) on neighbouring land or steeply sloping sites.
  • Sites where vegetation retention is a priority.
  • Sites with one access road to a proposed dwelling more than 200m from a Council road.

The benefits of using alternate solutions may include the following:

  • Reduced BAL rating and construction costs.
  • Increased building material choices.
  • Minimise vegetation clearing.Minimise vegetation clearing.
  • Establish suitable property access for fire-fighting and evacuation purposes in remote areas.

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Certificates

A BAL certificate is a statement of the Level of Bushfire Attack for your land or development. It certifies that the development is not in the Flame Zone or BAL 40 as per Australian Standard (AS) 3959-2009.

This is a NSW legislative requirement if you are carrying out Complying Development on bushfire prone land. It must be prepared by experienced and trusted ‘BPAD Accredited Practitioners’ as Bushfire Risk Consultants are, recognised under current NSW planning legislation.

We determine the BAL rating to ensure that your development is undertaken in such a way that risk to people and property is minimised and to determine the appropriate level of construction required relative to the potential bushfire attack level (BAL) for the site.

Bushfire Risk Consultants provide accurate bushfire assessments considering site specific development requirements including provisions for access, water and utility services, siting and design in order to achieve compliance outlined in NSW RFS document ‘Planning for Bushfire Protection 2006 and the requirements of the SEPP Code.

Contact or Call Melanie Jackson

Benefits of Using Bushfire Risk Consultants

  • Helps clients make informed decisions before purchasing land.
  • Assist town planning clients with achieving an environmentally sustainable balance between risk and amenity.
  • Provides expert advice on the relevant legislation.
  • Helps to reduce time and costs associated with building approval in bushfire-prone areas.
  • Has expert knowledge of the Northern Rivers region.
  • Has an excellent reputation with local councils and knowledge of the local government areas in the Northern Rivers Region.
  • Understands the different building requirements of the various councils: Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Clarence Valley Council, Kyogle Council, Lismore City Council, Richmond Valley Council and Tweed Shire Council.

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