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90% of buildings in bushfire-prone areas aren’t built to survive fires. A national policy can start to fix this

90% of buildings in bushfire-prone areas aren’t built to survive fires. A national policy can start to fix this

Last week, the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (the “bushfire royal commission”) handed down its anticipated final report, with 80 recommendations on managing future emergencies.

Last summer’s horror bushfire season claimed 33 lives, although the real cost in human life might have been greater when smoke-related health issues are taken into account. More than 3,000 houses were destroyed in the 24 million hectares that burned.