The Metropolitan region encompasses all of Melbourne, its suburbs, its growth corridors and surrounding rural areas including the Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Ranges, Dandenong Ranges and the western grasslands. The region is home to a growing population of over four million people.

The Metropolitan region is large and varied, covering areas such as endangered western grasslands in the west, inner metropolitan parks, the Dandenong Ranges and the large mixed Ash forests in the east. The vegetation varies from these tall wet forests in the east, to drier foothill forest and redgum woodland and grasslands further west, with coastal vegetation communities around the bays.

Phase 2: Private land survey

The multiagency planning team for the Metropolitan region is developing several strategies to reduce risk of bushfire as a critical component of the work being undertaken under Safer Together. There are summaries within the document library of the strategies being developed. Some of these strategies involve the collection and consolidation of modelling and data that will inform decisions at the planning and delivery phases.

In this phase of engagement, the planning team would like to better understand community attitudes towards fuel management on private land. This information will inform the engagement for Phase 3 of this work, whereby we will present the community with options for the Private Land Vegetation Management Strategy for the Metropolitan region.

In 2016, in consultation with communities and stakeholders, there were changes to the zoning that guides fuel management on public land. There are currently no new zoning changes planned for the Metropolitan region.
To find out more about the re-zoning process,
read the consultation report.

Managing vegetation 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.

Q1. 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

Q4. What support, if any would you need to manage bushfire fuels on your property?
Q5. 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
Soley responsible
My community
Fire agencies (e.g. CFA, FFMVic)
Local Council
Q6. What is your interest in bushfire management in the Metropolitan region?
Q8. How did you find out about this community consultation? Required
Q9. Did you provide feedback for phase one of engagement for this project? Required

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 regional objectives. You can also read or download the full Metropolitan Region Phase 1 Engagement Summary report from the Document Library.

Metropolitan Engagement Summary

Summary of Phase 1 Engagement in Metropolitan Region