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Make sure gas safety is a key part of your caravanning holiday plans

Monday, 31 March 2014

As caravans across Victoria are prepared for the Easter break or in readiness to hit the road north to follow the winter sun, it is important owners double-check all safety aspects inside and out.

come in all shapes, sizes and levels of comfort. One thing they have in common is that they are restricted spaces where people spend time relaxing, cooking, eating and sleeping. Most also use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for cooking, heating and in some instances refrigeration, which means it is vital to check the safety and integrity of the vehicle's gas systems.

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Use caution when building to the boundary

Monday, 31 March 2014

The Victorian Building Authority is encouraging anyone planning to build on the boundary of a property to make sure they accurately identify the title boundary line to avoid encroaching on an adjacent property.

The VBA's Chief Executive Officer, Prue Digby, said any encroachment may be considered a trespass of land.

"Encroachment could result in the adjacent land owner taking the property owner to court to seek to have the encroachment removed," Ms Digby said.

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ABCB to release Discussion Paper on Resilience to Extreme Weather Events

Friday, 28 March 2014

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) will be releasing a Discussion Paper on Resilience to Extreme Weather events (cyclones, floods, storm events, hail damage and storm tide) to seek feedback from stakeholders to help inform the ABCB moving forward. 

ABCB's website commencing 2 April with stakeholder feedback closing on 1 July 2014.  For more information email

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Carbon monoxide testing - training sessions

Friday, 28 March 2014

Plumbers have an important role in checking and testing appliances and equipment that produce carbon monoxide (CO). It is essential that their skills and knowledge of carbon monoxide testing procedures are up to date.

Plumbers Association, will be running Carbon Monoxide - Practical Test Procedures training sessions in April and May 2014. The training sessions are free and will provide licensed and registered plumbers with the skills and knowledge needed to test gas appliances for CO emissions.

Monoxide Training Course webpage.

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Don't move in without an occupancy permit

Friday, 14 March 2014

The Victorian Building Authority warns home and apartment owners they cannot move into a new home or apartment without an occupancy permit.

building regulations require an occupancy permit for all new homes, units and apartments.

Chief Executive Officer Prue Digby said that an occupancy permit is important as it says that your home or residence is safe to enter.

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