Over the next few years, we are planning to build a network of strategic fuel breaks to reduce bushfire risk.

This is the second stage of the strategic fuel break project, with new breaks around Lorne, Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, and along sections of the Great Ocean Road now complete.

This next stage will see new or upgraded breaks near the townships of Wye River, Kennett River, Nelson, and Mt Clay. We plan to extend program in the future to other areas such as Forrest and Gellibrand.

Strategic fuel breaks are mostly around 20-40-metre wide. They are a corridor of land where vegetation is permanently modified so fire management activity can be done safely. They:

  • reduce fuel loads close to towns and assets
  • improve safety and access for firefighters, and
  • support planned and back burning

They will be in areas to help firefighters reduce risk to private property, significant transport routes, and community assets like water and power supplies.

Bushfire modeling, input from other emergency services, and local knowledge will determine the exact location of the breaks. This ensures they are in the best locations. Some will cross private and public land.

Once constructed we will maintain them. While they can initially look bare, over time they could resemble open heathlands or grassy woodlands with some larger trees retained.

As part of our planning, we must complete thorough environmental and cultural assessments to manage any impacts on animals, important native vegetation, and cultural sites. This is where we need your help. Please complete any or all of the questions for your area of interest.

How to participate

Click on the tiles below to provide feedback on your area of interest.

Your responses will be collated into a 'what we heard' report for the project team to consider. The project team will then work out what we can and cannot do with your feedback.