Bushfire Zone Planning
Parts of the existing Macquarie University Campus are within identified and designated bush fire prone areas, namely the Sports Fields and the Fauna Park.
A Designated Bush Fire Prone Area means land that:
- Has been designated under legislation
- Has been identified under an environmental planning instrument, development control plan or in the course of processing and determining a development application.
Under NSW planning legislation, any development on bush fire prone land must be accompanied by a Bush Fire Assessment Report demonstrating compliance with the aim and objectives of Planning for Bush Fire Protection and the specific objectives and performance criteria for the proposed land use.
A Bush Fire Assessment Report is to be prepared by an appropriately qualified consultant for any new buildings on the campus.
The Report is to include:
- A review of the vegetation in the area around the proposed building site
- A site risk assessment
- Recommendations for building design, demonstrating compliance with Australian Standard (AS) 3959 - Building in a Bush Fire Prone Area.