Overview

Based on recommendations of a review led by the Inspector-General for Emergency Management, the Victorian Government has adopted a new approach to fuel management and bushfire risk reduction. This approach focuses on how effective actions are in reducing risk, not just the number of hectares burnt or modified. It also means thinking about both public and private land, with closer cooperation between CFA, Parks Victoria, DELWP, councils and land owners to help protect the things that matter most to our communities.

New bushfire management strategies for Barwon South West region are being developed. This process will help determine where risk reduction activity such as planned burning takes place, as well as how often and how much land is burnt or modified. During phase one, the community told us the most important things to protect and preserve are: human life, human health and well-being, the natural environment, Aboriginal cultural heritage, critical infrastructure, private property and regional economies. Our community also told us roadside vegetation was of special interest and we have been working on a pilot project with experts from Melbourne University to better understand how roadside vegetation management affects bushfire risk.

With the assistance of fire scientists, and input from the community and partner agencies, we have developed a range of management strategies. Each of these strategies have different impacts on the things the community has said are important. We now need your help in considering the final bushfire risk management strategies so that we find the right balance in protecting the things that matter most. We would also like you to tell us how you think bushfire risk on private land could best be managed.

Understanding our strategies

Some of our potential management strategies show different results for human life and private property. This is because we use a combination of measures including house losses, level of protection for townships and rates of slowing the spread of fire within the forest to model the predicted outcomes.

With respect to Aboriginal cultural heritage, we currently do not have a measure we can successfully model over a thirty to forty-year cycle, so it is not represented in the consequence tables. However, we have recently met with Traditional Owners to identify a measure we can pilot in future studies and we are working with Melbourne University to try and achieve this.

With respect to the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, some potential management strategies provide better comparative levels of protection for it than human life and private property because those strategies result in greater areas of older forest which provides more food than younger forest. We have modelled strategies with this particular species in mind because it is in danger of becoming extinct and our region is its only habitat in South Eastern Australia.

Your views are valuable and together with fire science, regulations and codes of practice, will inform the final strategy selection.

Phase 2: Strategy Options

Click on the arrows in the slider below to move through the options.

  1. Strategy 1 - Current approach #
  2. Strategy 2 - Extensive burning #
  3. Strategy 3 - Burn big blocks inside forests #
  4. Strategy 4 - Protect commercial forestry plantations #
Q3. Please tick the one statement that best represents your reaction to the strategy options
I like this strategy option
I can accept this strategy option
I dislike this strategy option
Strategy 1 - Current approach
Strategy 2 - Extensive burning
Strategy 3 - Burn big blocks inside forests
Strategy 4 - Protect commercial forestry plantations

You can leave this blank if there's nothing you want to say.

This section of the survey will focus on bushfire fuel management on private land.

Bushfire fuels include anything that can burn in a bushfire, such as dried grass, shrubs, branches, sticks, bark and leaf litter. Bushfire fuel management can include activities such as slashing, burning, physical removal and mulching.

Your feedback will inform the direction of bushfire management approaches on private land and how fire agencies and land managers can better partner with community to reduce bushfire risk. It is very important to note that under the CFA Act, nothing can occur on your property without your informed consent.

Q5. What activities, if any do you currently undertake to reduce bushfire fuels on your property?

Managing bushfire fuels can reduce risks to your property and the broader community.

1. Extremely unlikely 2. Unlikely 3. Neutral 4. Likely 5. Extremely likely

1. Very low extent 2. Low extent 3. Neutral 4. High extent 5.Very high extent

Q8. What support, if any would you need to manage bushfire fuels on your property?
Q9. To what extent do you think the following people are responsible for managing bushfire fuels on private property including your own property?
Not at all responsible
Somewhat responsible
Mostly responsible
Solely responsible
Myself
My community
Fire agencies (e.g. CFA, FFMVic)
Local Council
Q10. What is your interest in bushfire management in the Barwon South West region?
Q12. How did you find out about this community consultation?

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Privacy Collection Notice

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

Purpose

This Privacy Collection Statement relates to all submissions collected in relation to the strategic bushfire management planning process being conducted across Victoria. Agencies involved in fire management across Victoria have been charged with undertaking a strategic planning process to guide bushfire management actions on public and private land into the future. The agencies involved in this process are Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic), CFA, Local Government and Parks Victoria.

Forest Fire Management Victoria is providing administrative services to the consultation. FFMVic is part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (the Department) and submissions will be managed in accordance with the Department’s Information Privacy Policy. The Department’s Information Privacy Policy can be viewed at www.delwp.vic.gov.au/privacy.

Use of your submission

The information you provide will be made available to the Strategic Bushfire Management Planning Teams involved in the planning process, including representatives from FFMVic, CFA, Local Government and Parks Victoria.

This consultation is intended to give the community an opportunity to be involved in the strategic bushfire management planning process by providing information that informs the development of bushfire management strategies across Victoria. The consultation will be conducted in three phases:

  • Phase 1: Strategic planning objectives
  • Phase 2: Fire management strategies and actions
  • Phase 3: Feedback on final results of planning process

If you freely and voluntarily provide any sensitive information under the Act in your submission DELWP will consider that provision to be consent to collect the information and will then protect it under the Information Privacy Principles in the Act. Sensitive information is information relating to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association or trade association/union, religious or philosophical beliefs or affiliations, sexual preference or criminal record.

You have the right to access and correct your personal information about you that is held by DELWP. Requests for access should be sent to the Manager Privacy, P.O. Box 500 East Melbourne 3002.

Phase 1: Results

Below is a summary of what we heard during Phase 1 of our engagement, which sought feedback on regional objectives. You can also download or read the full Barwon Southwest Engagement Summary report in our Document Library.

Barwon Southwest Phase 1 Engagement Summary Infographic