On Thursday the man from Bushfire Hazard Solutions went out to assess our block and give a second opinion on the BAL rating. We provided him with the Master Plan illustrations from Bunya, as well as the map of the our land release. These two illustrations show that the reserve immediately across from our block would have a footpath running through it, which suggested to us that it would be “managed land”. He questioned Bunya about the reserve for us, in particular how it would be planted and took that into consideration.
He got back to us on Friday with the results: even when he took a very conservative approach to the assessment he has given the block a rating of BAL 12.5. This is great news and certainly more believable than the original rating of BAL 40. We had been quoted $24 000 to satisfy BAL 40. BAL 12.5 will come in at $8000. So, a huge saving of $16 000!
It has cost us $120 for the assessment and verbal recommendation and it will cost us about $240 more to get a report written to submit to the CDC with our development applications. Possibly the best few hundred dollars we’ve spent so far.
Here is a photo of what the reserve immediatelyy across the road from us looks like today. I took the photo standing about where the boundary of the land is.
This is what the reserve looks like byeond the road.
The man that did the assessment for us also gave us a document with what the house will need to satisfy BAL 12.5 so I’ll let you know what that includes a little later on.
- Where did my BAL come from? (conerstone26.wordpress.com)