Journal article

Urban planning: historical changes integrating bushfire risk-management in Victoria

Constanza Gonzalez-Mathiesen, Alan March, Justin Leonard, Mark Holland, Raphaele Blanchi

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT | Emergency Management Australia | Published : 2019

Abstract

Bushfires represent an increased risk for people and properties in exposed urban areas. The integration of bushfire risk management considerations into urban planning is one of the approaches used to address this challenge. This paper summarises the key changes in urban planning and building regulations that were introduced in Victoria over time to minimise the effects of bushfire on settlements. These have generally occurred within four main eras, being the independent origins of planning and bushfire risk management, the progressive emergence of bushfire risk management into urban planning between the late 1970s and the early 1990s, the formalisation of bushfire risk management via urban p..

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