Victoria is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world, with a natural landscape that is dependent on bushfires returning at regular intervals to sustain the life cycles of many plant and animal species. Learning to co-exist with bushfires safely, protecting important values such as human life and property, while also protecting the ecosystems that sustain us, is becoming increasingly important for our communities.
Considering this, viewing and planning for fire as an inevitable and natural process, while reducing our exposure to the negative consequences of bushfires, is also essential. This is particularly important for Victorians as our population grows and climate change increases the frequency and intensity of severe weather conditions.
Strategic bushfire management planning is an important action we undertake to reduce bushfire risk. The process of developing a plan brings together land and fire managers, communities and other key stakeholders to develop a common understanding of bushfire risk across the landscape and determine appropriate management actions to reduce that risk.
Each regional approach reflects the values, priorities, environment and the unique risk profile of that place. This means that each region has different priorities, objectives and, ultimately, different strategies. You may notice these differences as you explore each regional engagement page.
Working together to deliver these plans, agencies and communities can reduce bushfire risk effectively and efficiently, helping to maintain or enhance the values that Victorians wish to protect from the negative consequences of bushfires.
For more information head to the Safer Together website.
Phase Three Engagement Summaries Now Available
To read the Phase Three reports, please click on the tile for each region you are interested in and you will find the report in the Document Library.
Regional strategies will be finalised and made available in October 2019.