CHANGES to the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) mapping in local and other Victorian municipalities came into effect on October 3 with the aim of making new homes, communities and the environment safer and more resilient to bushfire.

The Mitchell Shire, Macedon Ranges and City of Whittlesea planning schemes have each seen changes introduced by the Victorian Government following the state-wide review.

The changes require that new developments within the BMO implement bushfire protection measures relating to defendable spaces, access points, siting and construction standards. The changes also apply to existing homes and other types of buildings to ensure that any modifications improve their resilience to bushfire attack.

As part of the review, land with the potential to be affected by bushfires that was not previously included within the BMO has now been included and a small number of properties have been removed.

More than 2000 extra properties in Mitchell Shire have been added to the BMO following the review.

Mitchell Shire Mayor, Cr Rhonda Sanderson said that the whole shire is bushfire prone and council already has the overlay in place for many properties in rural and urban areas.

“These changes, along with Fire Action Week, are timely reminders for people to get their properties in order, keep their properties fire ready and have a bushfire survival plan,” Cr Sanderson said.