Bushfire re-zoning flawed, says Chapman public housing opponent

The process that allowed the redrawing of a bushfire zone to pave the way for the proposed Chapman public housing project is flawed, according to the group fighting the development application.

The Darwinia Park Action Group said the proposed 20-unit Chapman public housing site – bounded by Darwinia Terrace, Kathner Street and Percy Crescent – was removed from a bushfire zone in June after members of the community presented their bushfire concerns in detail to the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce the previous month.

The DPAG said the ACT Government used a desktop tool to remove the site as well as hundreds of houses in Weston Creek from their designated bushfire prone areas despite the tragic losses in the same streets in the 2003 bushfires.

It said that in Chapman 270 houses were excised from the suburb’s previous Bushfire Prone Area and in Duffy 35 houses were taken out of the zone.

New boundaries for Bushfire Prone Areas across Canberra have been drawn using an automated laser device called LiDAR that was introduced last year.

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