High bushfire danger this summer

19 December 2016

An updated bushfire season outlook has been released by the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC following the second wettest winter on record. As can be seen from this map, the entire central part of NSW has now been identified as being subject to an ‘above normal’ bushfire potential.

Following above average winter rains, central NSW has seen prolific grass growth. Combined with the expected above-average temperatures during summer, this is expected to mean greater available fuel and increased potential for bushfires.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) revised their guide for the mapping of bushfire-prone land last year. It now includes grasslands as bushfire-prone vegetation.This will see significant changes to the extent of bushfire prone land being included on councils’ mapping. This means that bushfire will be a consideration for many more developments as part of Development Applications (DA), Complying Development Certificates (CDC) and Construction Certificates (CC).

Location, design and management of development plays a critical role in minimising the impact of bushfire on development. Consideration of these factors early on the development design process will provide you with the best outcomes for your development both in terms of protection from bushfire and cost.

Our qualified team can provide you with advice on how to best locate and design your development to minimise impact from bushfire. We can also provide you with the reporting necessary for development approvals and help you negotiate the approvals processes.

Our bushfire services include:

  • assisting with site selection, layout and design of development
  • preparation of Bushfire Assessment Reports to accompany DAs in bushfire prone areas, including both acceptable and alternative solutions in accordance with the RFS Planning for Bush Fire Protection
  • preparation of Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessments in accordance with both Method 1 and 2 of the Australian Standard AS3959-2009: Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas.

Five new staff add wide range of skills and experience

11 September 2016

Five new members who have joined the Barnson team this year have given the team a real boost, with their diversity in age and experience complementing the existing skill set of our Dubbo and Bathurst offices.

Shannon Dawson is the new Registered Surveyor based in the Bathurst Office. Shannon has 15 years’ experience in the private sector as a Consulting Surveyor, undertaking development projects for both private and public sector clients both in Sydney and the Central West. He has just returned from Western Australia after five years working in the mining sector for a large-scale open cut mining project in the Pilbara.

Erika Dawson is a Senior Town Planner and Bushfire Consultant with more than 16 years’ experience in the private and public sectors. She has recently returned to the Central West after four and a half years working in Western Australia and is now working in our Bathurst branch full time.

Danusha Egodawatte is a Civil Engineering graduate from Sri Lanka, based in Brisbane for the past three years.  Dan has five years of experience in building construction and project management and started at Dubbo as a Civil/Structural Engineer.

Eryn and Jeziah  are from the Northern Territory where they were both born and raised. Being from the tropical north, where the lowest the temperature gets is 16 degrees, their first week in Dubbo was quite a shock, particularly as they had no hot water for the first three days.  They moved to Dubbo to begin a new adventure and try something new! Both work for Jacobs before the move. Jeziah is a Structural Engineer working mostly on bridges, maritime and various other infrastructure and Eryn has been working in an administration role for the past two years.  Both Eryn and Jeziah love working within the same company and looking forward to their future with Barnson.


New staff add diversity to the Barnson mix

16 May 2016

Three new members who have joined the Barnson team this year have given the team a real boost, with their diversity in age and experience complementing the existing skill set of our Dubbo and Bathurst offices. One is working in our Dubbo soil testing lab in his gap year, with the other two are student engineeers with our Bathurst team.

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Tech-savvy Jeremy puts his skills to the test

2 December 2015

When Jeremy Wiatkowski joined the Barnson team in Dubbo as a draftsman in 2008, he never envisaged developing a smartphone app or using a drone to photograph major projects. But they are just some of the exciting opportunities his role has provided Jeremy with over the past eight years.

Jeremy now works in the soil testing and geotechnical lab where he has the opportunity to put his strong interest in technology to good use. He says the most rewarding part of his role is developing innovative new systems to simplify day-to-day work. His latest innovation is a smartphone app he is developing to allow the laboratory technicians to efficiently test and issue reports. 

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Barnson teams up with CSU to offer engineering scholarship

18 September 2015

Barnson is excited to be partnering with the Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust Scholarships Program to offer the Barnson Engineering Scholarship for the first time in 2016.

The scholarship is open to students who will be enrolling in CSU's new Engineering program and studying the Bachelor of Technology / Master of Engineering (Civil Systems), commencing in 2016. It enhances the strong relationship that Barnson already has with CSU as an early industry partner for the work placement component of the new course.

We believe that engineers make a difference to our communities and we look forward to supporting a student who is motivated to undertake this unique new engineering course here in central west NSW.

Interested applicants can learn more from CSU's website and apply for the scholarship online. 

Scholarship applications close on 29 February 2016.

Complying developments allowing faster and cheaper approvals

11 March 2014

A report released by NSW Planning and Infrastructure this week shows that increasing numbers of home builders are using the fast track assessment process known as "complying development" to get faster and cheaper approvals for new homes and renovations.

The 2012-13 Local Development Performance Monitoring Report shows that complying development made up 25% of all housing approvals, up 12% on the previous 12 months. It took NSW councils an average of 17 days to determine complying development applications (DAs), compared to 68 days for regular development applications - saving time and money for all parties.

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New GIS Capacity

14 February 2014

Barnson has new Geospatial Analyst and Cartographer operating out of its Mudgee office, increasing the range of mapping and geospatial services available. Dennis Capparelli comes to Barnson with experience from an international engineering consultancy company, where he undertook a variety of projects for a vast range of clients in different disciplines.

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Rezonings the Focus for Mudgee Team

11 November 2013

Two rezoning projects have been the focus of the town planning staff at Barnson’s Mudgee office this year.

Both the development application for a 40-lot residential subdivision being managed by Barnson on Melton Road at Mudgee and the rezoning of 50 industrial lots on Hill End Road are at the consultation stage, with community and/or agency comment being sought by the Mid-Western Regional Council.

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Six Star UWS Lecture Theatre Nearing Completion

28 August 2013

Work is close to completion on a $12 million, six star “greenstar” rated university building that Barnson was instrumental in designing in western Sydney.

Barnson was part of a winning design tender with JDH architects for the prestigious two-storey lecture theatre and teaching rooms that form part of the Nirimba educational precinct at the University of Western Sydney’s Quakers Hill campus. Barnson has provided the structural, civil and geotechnical consultancy components of the design.

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Barnson Wins Award for Sporties Project

26 August 2013

Barnson has been recognised for the work it completed in renovating Sporties Dubbo, formerly the Railway Bowling Club, taking out the Commercial Alterations and Additions award in the 2013 Design Awards. The awards were presented by NSW branch of the Building Designers Association of Australia at a gala presentation on Friday 23 August.

The Sporties renovation was been recognised in the Commercial Alterations and Additions and Commercial Interiors categories of the awards. NSW winners will compete in the national awards in 2014.

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