Repeal the BMO to allow building and rebuilding on our blocks of land.
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The existing Bushfire Planning Policy (BMO) is unacceptable and we require modification of the policy regarding the continued ability to rebuild and/or develop on existing blocks of land.
We have our homes, retreats and holiday houses across regional Victoria. We want our emotional and financial investments and future enjoyment of these properties to be assured. We want to be able to rebuild and to develop our existing blocks not only for ourselves and our families but also for our future generations to enjoy.
These are lawfully created lots for which we have been paying land rates, stamp duty, land taxes, fire levies, insurances and for fire control and prevention maintenance. For many of us, these are our principal residences which we have chosen to build a life outside the cities. Through the Bushfire Management Overlay the State Government claims our land, reduces its value to zero; we can neither sell, develop, build or rebuild.
Bush fire has always been part of the natural landscape of Victoria. We acknowledge the risk and we choose to live with that risk. Refusing planning permits and displacing the population from these areas will increase the risk. We reject the government’s decision that the solution is to degrade and in effect close down certain regional and coastal communities. Other states in Australia do not support such overlays.
It is the Victorian State Government, with this BMO, which is destroying our homes and our lives.
We ask that the Victorian State Government repeal the BMO to allow building and rebuilding on our blocks of land.
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