Have only just joined the forum and saw your post about Bushview Lane. Not sure if you went ahead, but I am currently building with EB in Bushview Lane. Did my own BAL via the Bush Fire Brigade earlier this year and reduced the level significantly from what the builder wanted to charge. Initially in excess of $15K - dropped to $5.9K (BAL 19). Just before final sign-off of plans, was advised that Council no longer required Bushview Lane to be zoned for fire risk, and the $5.9K was credited back to me. Suggest you check with Council before being talked into costs you may not need - I found them very helpful.
We are going to be building in Speare St,half of our house is BAL 19 and half BAL 12. We have been quoted that it will cost us $8000. It would be great if we no longer have to pay this. Do you know who you spoke with at the Council?