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Burn the BMO!

May 28, 2014: One down, one to go for Blackwood...

At last it seems we have arrived at a common-sense position on the BMO, and it’s strengthening of our property rights. It’s a pity, though, that we need to expend so much time and energy dragging our politicians and bureaucrats there.

Much credit goes to Kate Cotter and her BMO Victims group, her campaign should serve as a model to anyone fighting for a fair go.

Here in Blackwood, it’s a case of “one down, one to go”, with the Minister for Water, Peter Walsh, in our sights. He needs to tell the water authorities to back off (after their 10 years of stonewalling) and leave us to build on our legally-acquired home-sites.

Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, called his changes today “ fair and responsible”. Minister, that’s all we ask from you and Mr. Walsh.

  • Vic bushfire planning regulations changed: Local Today
  • Victoria bushfire planning law changes welcomed by landowners: 7 News
  • New rules to allow families to build bunkers in fire-prone area: Herald Sun
  • Media Release: Key reforms will streamline bushfire regulations: (.pdf 301kb)
  • Victoria says bushfire planning reforms restore ‘fairness: The Australian

Can we build yet? Public Meeting

Spotted: Moorabool News Dec 17, 2013

letter to the editor regarding the Pheonix Fire Model

Read more: Spotted: Moorabool News Dec 17, 2013

Kate Cotters Blog

Contact Kate via her blog if you are now unable to build on your land in Australia, due to the new Bushfire Management Overlay. I am leading a lobby group to a) change the Planning Provisions so that current landholders aren't prohibited from building their homes OR b) landholders are compensated in full for the loss of the value of their land which, under the BMO, becomes unusable and unsaleable. As landholders we want to build to the highest fire standard and protect human life.

We are NOT against building to safety regulations, we are against legislation that prevents our right to build a home on our own property.

Following is Kate's list of addresses to send letters to...

Read more: Kate Cotters Blog

in the press: Building Law changes

ABC NEWS: Landowners welcome State Government changes to controversial bushfire building laws
read full article on ABC's site


STAR NEWS: Overlay Review Plea
read full article on The Star site