“By working as one we will be more focused and more effective at reducing risk, and keeping Victorians safer.” Craig Lapsley, Emergency Management Commissioner

Managing bushfire risk is an ongoing and shared responsibility and everyone has a role.

The newly-established Daylesford, Hepburn and Hepburn Springs Community-Based Bushfire Management (CBBM) project, involving Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic), CFA and Hepburn Shire, will work with the communities near Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. This project aims to develop a shared understanding of bushfire risk in that area and what is important to the local community.

The first of many community meetings was held on Sunday 10 December 2017, where agencies and the community discussed how to work together on bushfire risk planning and fuel management.  At this meeting, local residents had the opportunity to meet with FFMVic, CFA and Hepburn Shire Council staff and discuss bushfire risk and fuel management across Daylesford, Hepburn & Hepburn Springs areas.

Community members and agency staff shared their knowledge and information to identify what they valued in the community, and also determined how we could work together into the future. These discussions lead to a request for follow-up meeting in February, which is now confirmed to be held on Sunday 25 February 2018, from 10am to 12pm at the Hepburn Fire Station, 149 Main Road, Hepburn Springs.

For more information on this initiative please contact the Council’s Emergency Management Co-ordinator on 53216486.