Victoria is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world. Bushfire risk is increasing as our population grows and climate change results in more frequent, more severe weather conditions.
Strategic bushfire management planning brings together land and fire managers, communities and stakeholders within each Victorian region, to develop a common understanding of bushfire risk across the landscape and determine appropriate management strategies and actions to reduce that risk.
This planning is informed by world-leading bushfire behaviour modelling and contemporary research into community values that can be affected by bushfires. It brings together a range of perspectives to develop objectives for what we want to achieve from bushfire management across the landscape.
The strategic bushfire management planning process will enable agencies and communities to set objectives and devise strategies to achieve them. It will result in a common understanding of risk, and a common plan for reducing it. This planning will inform more detailed operational level planning, including municipal fire prevention, fire operations and readiness and response. We will be able to target our actions effectively and efficiently to reduce risk, while maintaining and enhancing the things Victorians value.
For more information on the strategic bushfire management planning process, head to the Safer Together website.
You will have an opportunity to contribute at several stages of the planning process:
- Feedback will be sought on our objectives for strategic planning from 3 September to 1 October 2018.
- We will then seek feedback on our strategy options developed from regional objectives from 14 January to 11 February 2019.
- This information will feed into our proposed final strategies, which will be open for feedback from 20 May to 3 June 2019.
- Strategies will be finalised and made available in mid-2019.
Please click on the tile for each region where you live, work or visit. There is a map of the regions below to help you identify which region applies to you. You can submit your feedback for more than one region.