BAL Plan tops category in Spatial Excellence Awards

14 April 2014

ALPINE Shire Council’s BAL Plan iPad application has topped the Spatial Enablement category at the prestigious Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards on Tuesday, 8 April.

The app is used by Council to assess the slope of the land, surrounding vegetation and defendable space available to determine the Bushfire Attack Level of a property, and the most defendable site on which to build.

Council’s Manager Development Services and Amenity Nick Vlahandreas and Business Intelligence Officer Barrett Higman designed the app in partnership with application developers Book & Black Pty Ltd.

Mayor Peter Roper said the BAL Plan app was an innovative way to address bushfire management and safety in planning.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in developing this app – it’s a truly unique approach to an essential issue,” he said.

“Using this app, staff can quickly help landowners to establish the best site to build their home to give them the best possible chance of fighting bushfire attack and minimising the risk to life.

“In our climate and landscape, the capacity to take something crucial like a BAL and use technology to cut down the time and resources it takes to establish one, not only saves time and money but also makes our communities safer.”

The application was developed with funding from the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.

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