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When considering a development application, the type, location and ongoing maintenance of landscaping, within the Asset Protection Zone (APZ) is a necessary Bush Fire Protection Measure (BPM). 

However, the best planning can be undone by poor maintenance and lack of forethought when landscaping a development. Therefore house survival ultimately depends on the householder. 

The principles of landscaping for bush fire protection aim to:

  • prevent flame impingement on the dwelling
  • provide a defendable space for property protection
  • reduce fire spread
  • deflect and filter embers
  • provide shelter from radiant heat
  • reduce wind speed.

Appendix 5 of Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 outlines principles for landscaping and maintenance for bush fire prone properties.