Australia — The State Government is changing Queensland’s home building regulations for bushfire-prone areas.
Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says the changes are part of a national scheme and will come into effect at the start of next month.
He says the regulations will apply to new homes to help save lives during bushfires.
“Residential properties will be required to have non-combustible external doors” he said.
“All the joints in wall cladding can be no greater than three millimetres and some homes will be fitted with bushfire shutters and non-combustible water and gas supply pipes.”
Mr Hinchliffe says the changes are coming into effect seven months ahead of the national deadline.
“This is particularly important when you seen just this year the deadly Victorian bushfires that were such a stark reminder across the whole country of how massively damaging bushfire can be,” he said.