Bushfires in Gippsland pose a real threat to lives, homes, jobs, and the environment.

Managing bushfire risk is an ongoing and shared responsibility - a partnership in which everyone has a role.

Safer Together is the Victorian government’s approach to reducing bushfire risk. In Gippsland all local governments, the CFA, Parks Victoria, EMV and DELWP are working together and with communities to develop a strategic fuel management strategy that will guide bushfire management on both public and private land into the future.

The Strategic Bushfire Management Planning (SBMP) process involves designing new strategies for bushfire management in Gippsland. By September 2019, a strategy will be produced with the following components:

  • Public land fuel management strategy, including fire management zoning
  • Priority fuel management areas on both private and public land
  • Pilot strategies for bushfire prevention and suppression
  • Risk-based prioritisation tools for use by staff from government agencies.

The following survey contains detailed information, and asks you to consider some complex scenarios. We recommend you read the background fact sheet (PDF 6.3MB) before commencing the survey. Please allow up to 60 minutes to carefully consider the questions and provide your feedback. This webpage will timeout after a two-hour period and any progress will be lost.

Phase 2: Strategy Options

Part 1: Public land fuel management strategy

If you have not yet read the background information document (PDF 6.3MB) we recommend you do so to be fully informed about each strategy option.

What are the alternative fuel management strategies?

In this survey, there are four strategies to review. However, please note that all four are still ‘working drafts’ and refining a preferred strategy will require more detailed review and comment.

Your assessment of these four strategies will help us understand how the public views the underlying trade-off decisions. Importantly, this public survey is not simply “voting for the winner”; the most popular option will not necessarily be implemented because: (i) survey respondents do not represent a random sample of Gippslanders, and (ii) it is not possible to communicate the full complexity of this decision in an online survey.

Four alternative strategies

Click on the arrows in the slider below to move to the next strategy.

You can also click here to view all four strategy maps side-by-side in a new window.

In the table below, the performance of each alternative strategy against the objectives is represented by stars. Star ratings consider both the raw data and the importance of each score, and are scaled so that there is sufficient variation in ratings to represent the underlying trade-offs. A five-star rating defines the top of the scale, but does not mean perfect or ideal performance.

Q1. Considering the information above, please provide your opinion on each of the four strategies for Gippsland. Required
I like this strategy
I can live with this strategy
I do not like this strategy
Strategy 1
Strategy 2
Strategy 3
Strategy 4
Q2. What influenced your decision the most? Choose one option from the following: Required

Prevention and suppression pilot strategies

Gippsland is a trial region for extending strategic bushfire management planning to include a risk-based approach to bushfire prevention and suppression.

It is likely that the outputs of the trial will include risk-based mapping. For example, identifying the riskiest places for bushfires to start, in order to target management actions in those areas.

Bushfires can be started in a number of ways, both naturally and by human activities (accidental or otherwise).

Bushfire prevention actions are the things we can do to stop people from starting bushfires in the first place.

Note: You must choose a minimum of 3.

  1. Arson prevention programs #
  2. Community education programs, e.g. around Total Fire Ban restrictions #
  3. Forest and plantation patrolling #
  4. Closure of high-risk areas of forest and park under high-risk bushfire weather conditions #
  5. Turning off non-critical power infrastructure under high-risk bushfire weather conditions #
  6. Improvements to forest recreation sites, e.g. better campfire pits #

Bushfire suppression actions are the things we do stop a bushfire from spreading and to reduce its potential impact. This also takes in to account things we can do to be more effective before a bushfire starts.

Note: You must choose a minimum of 3.

  1. Maintaining track access before a bushfire starts #
  2. Maintaining firebreaks before a bushfire starts #
  3. Fire detection e.g. through fire towers and aerial surveillance #
  4. Water-bombing with aircraft #
  5. On-ground fire-fighting with fire crews and bulldozers #
  6. Coordination of bushfire response between multiple government agencies #

Part 2: Following up on feedback from the first community survey

This next part of the survey asks further questions relating to matters frequently raised in Phase #1 survey (September 2018), which received 300 detailed responses.

One of the most common responses to the first survey was that individuals should accept more responsibility for addressing their personal bushfire risk.

Please drag these to the right and rank in order of how important you think they are (top of the list means most important). Note: You must choose a minimum of 3.

  1. Apathy or lack of awareness of their risk from bushfire #
  2. Incorrect perceptions about how well prepared they are #
  3. Not knowing what actions they should take to reduce risk #
  4. Expecting someone else to step in #
  5. People not being held accountable for their actions or failure to take action #
  6. Seeing other people get away with doing nothing #

Another common suggestion was that the community would benefit from better communications, information and education programs.

Please drag these to the right and rank in order of how important you think they are (top of the list means most important). Note: You must choose a minimum of 3.

  1. Traditional media campaigns, e.g. radio/ television/ print #
  2. Roadside billboards or mobile signage #
  3. Social media campaigns by agencies #
  4. Community emergency planning events #
  5. Provision of detailed expert information (e.g fire behaviour science) on agency websites #
  6. Direct conversations with local CFA brigades or other experienced locals #
  7. Targeted information packages or training, e.g. CFA Community Fireguard program #
  8. Supplying maps of bushfire risk across Gippsland on fire agency websites #

Many suggested that fuel should be managed better on private land and that government agencies should provide direct assistance.

Please drag these to the right and rank in order of how important you think they are (top of the list means most important). Note: You must choose a minimum of 3.

  1. Local information about how to prepare your property #
  2. Simple rules/ reduced bureaucracy to allow people to manage vegetation on private land #
  3. Ongoing free green waste removal #
  4. Timely and consistent enforcement of ‘clean up’ notices #
  5. Direct support to physically reduce fuel on private land #

Many also spoke about community resilience after bushfire events. Oftentimes resources are limited following a disaster, and community resilience is critical to enable people to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Please drag these to the right and rank in order of how important you think they are (top of the list means most important). Note: You must choose a minimum of 3.

  1. Having a community emergency plan in place to ensure residents and visitors know where to go, what to take and what to expect if a bushfire impacts their community #
  2. Supporting people to develop personal bushfire plans #
  3. Better communication and coordination between agencies in supporting bushfire-affected communities #
  4. Holding community events to foster opportunities to connect with other community members, share experiences and provide support (e.g. BBQs, pamper days) #
  5. Financial advice and education opportunities (e.g. insurance, managing affairs) #
  6. Practical advice and education opportunities (e.g. clean-up process, applying for permits to rebuild) #
  7. Strengthening community organisation and voice through the creation of committees and networks facilitated by agencies to feedback to policy makers #

Part 3: Your background and experiences

Collecting a small amount of non-identifying information is valuable in helping us understand the perspectives of different groups of people.

Q9. Did you participate in Phase #1 of the Gippsland Strategic Bushfire Management Planning survey in September 2018? Required
Q10. Have you had personal experience of bushfire? Required
Q11. Have you assisted with bushfire response or recovery? Required
Q12. Are you a Gippsland resident or land owner? Required
Q13. Which local government area (shire) in Gippsland do you live in? Required
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Q15. What is your main source of income? Required
Q16. What activities do you regularly participate in? Required

Select as many as apply.

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Q18. 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.


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 snapshot of what we heard during Phase 1 of our engagement, which sought feedback on values and objectives. You can also read or download the Gippsland Phase 1 Engagement Summary or the full Gippsland SBMP Survey #1 Report - Community Views, which are both available in the Document Library.

Gippsland Phase 1 Engagement Summary Infographic