Statewide code for bushfire prone areas Thu 20 September 2012 Bryan Green Acting Premier Acting Premier Bryan Green has approved the introduction of a new single Statewide planning code for bushire prone areas. Mr Green said the code was aimed at reducing the risk to life and property and the costs to the community from bushfires. "The new code places additional protective measures on land uses and development in bushfire prone areas," Mr Green said. "It provides for separation distances between buildings and bushfire prone vegetation, safe and efficient access arrangements for fire fighters and occupants and adequate and reliable water supplies. "The code establishes consistent and strengthened planning laws which will be included in all new planning schemes in Tasmania," Mr Green said. "There has been wide consultation including public hearings and discussions with local councils, the Tasmanian Fire Service, building professionals and emergency services. Mr Green said the new code drew on the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into the tragic Victorian bushfires in 2009. "The new code acknowledges different types of developments are exposed to various levels of bushfire risk and establishes appropriate planning standards.