Overview

The Hume region, comprising twelve local government and four Alpine Resort Board areas, contains some of the most at-risk fire landscapes in the world. A feature of the Hume region's landscape is its change in character as it transitions from Murray River floodplains and undulating hills in the west through to the foothills and mountain ranges of the Great Alpine Range, containing the Victorian Alps to the east. This variation in topography and land use greatly influences how bushfires behave, the properties at risk, the types of assets and how we respond to fire.

The fundamental objectives of our new plan are focused on five key themes that were refined from confirmed feedback obtained from our first public consultation phase: read Hume Region Engagement Summary. This aligns with the values and objectives established through previous planning processes, including the development of the three current public land bushfire management strategies and the Hume Regional Strategic Fire Management Plan 2011 – 2021.

We seek your feedback on this approach and the factors that you regard as most important to reduce the risk of bushfire threat to you, your communities and the environment.

We want to know what you think about:

  • our current strategic approach to fuel management on public land;
  • consideration of how fire agencies might prioritise risk in the landscape into the future, including with regard to climate change;
  • how bushfire and fuel accumulation on private land might be considered; and
  • ideas you might have to reduce the risk of bushfire to communities.

Your feedback will help inform our strategy development, where we are including fuel management options based on the following key themes:

  • public land fuel management strategy, including fire management zoning;
  • priority fuel management areas on both private and public land;
  • the preservation of human life and property, critical infrastructure, water catchments, ecological impacts, reduction of smoke-related impacts; and
  • minimising impacts on fire sensitive plants, animals and vegetation communities from fire.

Phase 2: Strategy Consultation

Figure 1 (below): Map of the Hume region covering over 4 million hectares (55 percent private land, 45 percent public land). Darker blue shaded areas highlight key identified forested areas on private land (approximately 240,000 hectares), lighter blue reflects all public land area (1.7 million hectares).

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Q2. Where do you live?
Q3. What size is your property?
Q4. Is your property adjacent to public land (e.g. State forest/National park)?
Q5. Does your property have significant forested land greater than 4 hectares (10 acres)?
Q6. What do you perceive is the risk of bushfire where you live?
Q8. Thinking about risk from bushfire and actions to address this risk, please consider the following statement.

Bushfire fuel management activities on both public and private land (e.g. planned burning, slashing, mulching, mowing, spraying and grazing) should be conducted to:

Not at all important
Somewhat important
Neutral
Very important
Extremely important
Protect people, where they live, work or holiday
Protect critical infrastructure, such as powerlines, telecommunications networks, roads and rail
Protect water catchments
Protect fire sensitive and important plants and animals from fire
Minimise other economic impacts from bushfire such as smoke impacts

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.

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 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

Q13. What support, if any would you need to manage bushfire fuels on your property?
Q14. Do you see the benefits of land managers and fire agencies considering forested private land in their fuel management planning?
DELWP, CFA and Local Government responsible for fire management are increasing their focus on forested private land. Refer to map above of the Hume region outlining these areas.
Never
Rarely
Occassionally
A moderate amount
A great deal
Q15. To what extent, in your opinion, does vegetated or forested private land contribute to overall fire hazard?
Q17. What is your interest in bushfire management in the Hume region?
Q19. 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 snapshot of what we heard during Phase 1 of our engagement , which sought feedback on regional objectives. You can also read or download the full Hume Region Engagement Summary report from the Document Library.

Hume Engagement Phase 1 Summary