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MEDIA RELEASE - Bushfire Management Overlay

9 October 2017

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have recently updated their bushfire mapping in planning schemes across Victoria.

The Bushfire Management Overlay is about making new homes, our communities and the environment safer and more resilient to bushfire.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Anita Rank said the BMO did not require any changes to be made to existing homes, however all home owners are urged to ensure their home is safe.

“I strongly encourage all home owners to ensure their homes are safe and re-visit their bushfire management plans regardless if their land is covered by the new BMO or not,” Cr Rank said.

“The mapping will be reviewed regularly by DELWP in partnership with council and local fire authorities.”

The new BMO will ensure that bushfire hazards are identified and managed appropriately into the future.

If the new mapping applies to your property, a planning permit may be needed to subdivide your land, build a new house or significantly extend an existing house and approved planning permits will continue to operate until expiry.

Residents are able to check if their land is covered by the BMO using the State Government’s Planning Maps Online tool at,

For further information, please visit

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