NSW Planning System Review - FPA Australia Submission
Last month FPA Australia completed a detailed submission to the NSW Planning System Review on Milestone 3: Issues Paper. The publication of the Issues Paper and call for submissions marks the half way point of the process of reviewing the State's main planning law: The Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, which was originally written in 1979.
The process is part of a comprehensive review of the NSW planning system. The Act outlines how decisions are made about what people can do with their land and allows councils to create local environment plans that broadly define where and what development can take place. It is also the primary act relating to building fire safety requirements in NSW.
FPA Australia's submission highlights the Association's support for:
The need to highlight and incorporate health, safety and amenity objectives at the outset of the legislation
Separation of planning and building requirements into separate acts and regulations similar to other states and territories
Greater efficiency and minimising red tape while at the same time improving the integrity and rigour of the approval process
Accreditation and recognition of competency and skills of the individuals who work in the broader fire protection industry to increase confidence and reliability and ensure objectives are realised
The full FPA Australia submission and all other submissions are available on the NSW Planning & Infrastructure Department website.
FPA Australia Responds to Building Commission Misconduct Allegations
Several media outlets have reported that the Victorian Building Commission is being investigated by State Ombudsman George Brouwer in relation to allegations of corruption, serious misconduct and harassment.
Alarmingly for the fire protection industry, the reports also reveal allegations that Building Commission officials received improper payments to award building licenses without appropriate approval and that some Commission officials received payments for stopping formal complaints from being investigated.
FPA Australia welcomes any potential investigation by the Victorian Ombudsman into the operations of the Building Commission to identify and treat any proven issues.
The call for papers for Fire Australia 2012 is closing soon. submissions must be received by close of business on Monday 30 April.
This year’s theme looks at the impact fire can have on life, property and the environment. The goal of the conference is to identify all the cost and other factors involved in fire loss, as well as the costs of best practice prevention methods and mitigation through design measures and emergency response.
This theme encourages a wide range of contributions from the fire
protection industry, design professions, resource management, workplace
emergency response, insurance and legal professionals, sustainability,
water conservation and green materials among others.
More information about Fire Australia 2012 and the current call for papers can be found here. the call for papers application form can be downloaded here or from the downloads section above.
Information Bulletin: Mandatory Safety Standards & Certification of Portable Fire Extinguishers
FPA Australia has released an Information Bulletin in response to serious concerns raised by the Technical Advisory Committee for Portable and Mobile Equipment (TAC/3/7) in relation to the manufacture, distribution, supply and sale of portable fire extinguishers that do not meet the requirements of mandatory safety standards.
Members have identified increasing occurrences of fire extinguishers being sold in Australia that may not comply with mandatory safety standards.
FPA Australia has previously informed members and stakeholders of the shortages
of the raw material (fluorspar) essential for the production of a wide
variety of fluorine containing products, including the extinguishing
The supply of the raw material has been impacted by several incidents including an explosion in a Chinese manufacturing plant that disrupted supply through much of 2010/11. Producer of FM-200, DuPont, have recently released a statement assuring users that supply levels will be rectified in 2012:
"For 2012 we have secured additional raw material resources and increased our OEM's allocations accordingly. The volume of FM-200 we expect to provide to the market in 2012 is greater than historical levels."
Companies and individuals are required
by law to hold an Extinguishing Agent Trading Authorisation in order to acquire FM-200. Technicians who
handle ODS & SGG extinguishing agents are also required to hold a
current Extinguishing Agent Handling Licence. For more information please
contact the Fire Protection (ODS & SGG) Industry Board on 1300 731 922.
Learning & Development Update
FPA Australia's Learning & Development training workshops are continuing around the country with training and assessment to be held in North Queensland, the Northern Territory and regional NSW in coming months.
Recently we have been reminded of how important asset maintenance training can be for many professionals beyond just fire protection technicians.
FPA Australia has received feedback from several retail and facility managers who have said they were now properly equipped to identify poor workmanship and unacceptable service provided by unprofessional fire technicians as a result of receiving the Asset Maintenance training.
If you are seeking assessments in individual units, a full Certificate II or III in Asset Maintenance (Fire Protection Equipment), or Extinguishing Agent Handling Licences 1 – 5, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1300 731 922. The assessment application form is available here or from the downloads section above.
Walt Disney World to share their FM magic at Total Facilities Live 2012
Jim Marshall, Senior Manager of Walt Disney World's Integrated Facility Plan will be speaking at Total Facilities Live 2012.
Jim's presentation focuses on the "Technology Behind the Magic" and will give you an overview of how Walt Disney World manage technology globally at their resorts in the U.S., Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and soon Shanghai.
Jim joins the ranks of world-class FM speakers set to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience at the Total Facilities Live Conference. Learn more about Total Facilities Live 2012 here or register now here.
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