Fire plan puts community’s safety first

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Council has adopted an updated Municipal Fire Management Plan, which aims to protect community members, properties and the environment from the threat of fire.

The plan provides a blueprint for co-ordinating prevention measures, that will reduce the occurrence and effect of bushfires, grassfires, residential and industrial fires.

The Municipal Fire Management Plan identifies areas and land use at risk of fire and specifies how to treat each likelihood.

Some of the fire management risk strategies include bushfire mapping, fuel reduction works, community education and inspections of private properties.

The document also outlines response plans and recovery phases of fire events.

No major changes have been made to the plan, which has been endorsed by the Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee and Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee.

Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor

The safety of our community is paramount and this plan aims to protect residents and their properties from fire.

The expert feedback we’ve received is that this plan is comprehensive and well-thought-out.

Councillor Jim Mason - Deputy Chair - Environment and Sustainability portfolio

Victoria is experiencing an increase in the number and size of bushfires. When it comes to the threat of fire, our municipality has the complexity of a city and several large townships surrounded by rural land.

However, the rigorous analysis and broad-based consultation involved in preparing this high-quality document are key to reducing the risk of fire and will lead to better responses from the City, agencies and the community.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 30 October 2019