Fire & Emergency Management Plans
The Alpine Resorts (Management) Act 1997 identifies that for the purposes of the Emergency Management Act 1986 and the Environment Protection Act 1970
a) The board of an alpine resort is deemed to be a municipal council; and
b) The alpine resort is deemed to be a municipal district.
Under Section 20 (1) of the Emergency Management Act 1986 a municipal council must prepare and maintain a:
- Municipal Emergency Management Plan. A sub component of this is the:
- Municipal Fire Management Plan.
The content of the Municipal Emergency Management Plan and associated Municipal Fire Management Plan is determined by the Emergency Management Act 1986, the Emergency Management Manual Victoria (EMMV) and as directed by the Emergency Management Commissioner's office.
Statutory Planning & Bushfire Management
The Alpine Resorts Planning Scheme covers all of the alpine resorts. The Schedule to the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) in the Alpine Resorts Planning Scheme has been formally amended to modify requirements for bushfire protection.
These requirements apply when the application is accompanied by a letter from the relevant fire authority stating that, in its view, the relevant Alpine Resort Management Board has implemented satisfactory Emergency Management Arrangements aimed at prioritising the protection of human life.
The CFA is responsible for overall fire management of Mt Hotham (including the areas where infrastructure and accommodation is located).
Municipal Emergency Management Plan
The Mount Hotham Municipal Emergency Management Plan 2015 has been developed to meet the legislative requirements of the Emergency Management Act 1986. This plan was last audited by the State Emergency Service in 2015.
Mount Hotham Municipal Fire Management Plan 2013-2015
The Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) of the Alpine Resorts Planning Scheme is a planning control that aims to implement the State Planning Policy for bushfire, the objective of which, is to strengthen community resilience to bushfire.
In 2012, the Resort Management Boards together with the Country Fire Authority (CFA), the then Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) and Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) had been working collaboratively to develop a schedule to the BMO which would establish an alternative approach to prioritising the protection of human life at the alpine resorts.
In March, 2014 amendment C22 was adopted and approved by the Minister for Planning. This amendment introduced a Schedule to the BMO to modify most of the standards in Clause 52.47 Bushfire Protection: Planning Requirements, subject to the implementation of emergency management arrangements to prioritise the protection of human life at each Alpine Resort. The Schedule also included a number of exemptions from the permit requirements of the BMO for minor buildings and works.
As part of this process a Municipal Fire Management Plan has been developed for the Mt Hotham Resort.
The Mount Hotham Municipal Fire Management Plan 2016-2018 has been reviewed and submitted to the Mount Hotham Emergency Management Committee and will be put forward to be adopted at the March 2016 meeting.
Community Bushfire Emergency Management Plan
In combination with the preparation of the Mt Hotham Municipal Fire Management Plan 2013-2015, the Mt Hotham Management Board prepared the necessary emergency management arrangements in the form of the Mt Hotham Community Bushfire Emergency Management Plan. This document was endorsed by the CFA on 28 May, 2014. The endorsement of this plan gave practical effect to the modified standards of the Schedule to the BMO.
This now means that the modified standards apply where an application to construct a building or carry out works is accompanied by a letter form the CFA stating that, in its view, the Board has implemented satisfactory emergency management arrangements aimed at prioritising the protection of human life. The modified requirements then provide that construction of works must be one of the following:
- BAL-40 construction in accordance with AS3959.
- Determined by a fire safety engineer that the building will be capable of withstanding an equivalent level of predicted bushfire attack and levels of exposure. (The definition of fire safety engineer under the Building Regulations means a registered building practitioner in the category of engineer, class of fire safety engineer.)
- Determined using an alternative methodology to the satisfaction of the relevant fire authority.
Buildings must also be provided with defendable space to the satisfaction of the CFA.
The Community Bushfire Emergency Management Plan is subordinate to the Municipal Emergency Management Plan and the Municipal Fire Management Plan. It also instigates the development of individual Bushfire Management Plans for accommodation, lodges and businesses within the Resort.
To download any of these plans click on the links below
Environmental Management Plan
For your copy of the Mt Hotham Alpine Resort Management Environmental Management Plan please click the link below.
The Alpine Resorts Strategic Marketing Plan 2014-2018 is to set the Victorian Government's direction, outline opportunities for industry and coordinate the marketing of Victoria's alpine resorts at a national, state, regional and resort level. The plan articulates how key stakeholders will work together to promote Victoria's alpine industry, maximising the effectiveness of all activity to generate growth outcomes.
Strategic Management Plan
Mt Hotham Strategic Management Plan 2013-2018 has been released as a public document after being approved and gazetted by the Minister. We are all excited about the future of Hotham and what it presents. The Board would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all the contributors who gave up their time to participate in the public consultations and provided us with your submissions & feedback. We are proud to have such a dedicated community who express their ideas and visions for the Resort.
To download your copy of the plan and the Considerations Paper please click on the links below.