Each landscape and each community is different. The best decisions are shaped by the people they affect. The new approach will mean communities will get more of a say on how we reduce the risk of bushfire, including where and when planned burning should occur – protecting communities and the things that matter most to them.
Our collective knowledge of bushfire, combined with communities' understanding of what is important, their local knowledge and experience, will inform our actions.
WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP
Victorian communities expect our land and fire managers to work together, and with the broader emergency management sector, to reduce risk and make people safer.
Our new approach will involve:
- Integrated planning for bushfires, involving all agencies and communities, to decide the right mix of risk management strategies. These might include a mix of land use planning and controls, fire response strategies, the availability of fire refuges, fuel management and other management options.
- Land and fire agencies working together to plan and deliver a fuel management program on public and private land
- Greater CFA involvement in burns on public land, including local brigade participation and access to shared resources, vehicles and other equipment.
"By working as one we will be more focussed and more effective at reducing risk, and keeping Victorians safer."
Emergency Management Commissioner
As part of our new approach, land and fire agencies will plan together, identify ways to work together with communities and share what they hear from communities with each other. This will ensure that the work that each agency does complements the work of other agencies and the community.
Lots of risk reduction work will still need to be done and you'll be able to get involved in bushfire risk reduction in your local area all year round. Your input will mean the planning that land and fire managers do, how they work together and how they work with you makes us all safer.
Get informed, get involved
You can get involved in planning for how bushfire is managed in your area.
Community conversations are happening about bushfire risk and the actions communities and agencies can take to reduce it.
Community members, business owners and DELWP staff share their experiences of being involved, and involving, local people in the planning process around planned burning, to help reduce bushfire risk and minimise disruption to local communities.
Community members, as well as representatives from Surf Coast Shire and DELWP, share their experiences of The Fire Game, its development and use, and explain how bushfire simulations support emergency scenarios that are delivered in conjunction with the game.
Staff from DELWP, the CFA, and Melbourne Water discuss the importance of understanding bushfire risk, and working together to ensure that critical infrastructure is better protected from bushfire.
DELWP worked with power providers, water agencies, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and the CFA to use information from industry natural hazard contingency plans and better incorporate key power and water infrastructure into the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan.