LAND and fire management agencies are calling on the public to help inform strategic bushfire management planning for Gippsland.
Strategic bushfire management planning is a multi-agency process that addresses the risks posed by bushfires on both public and private land.
It uses the latest science and technology and draws on community values that need protecting.
Planning teams consist of representatives from Forest Fire Management Victoria, CFA, Emergency Management Victoria and local governments.
Peter West, chair of the Regional Strategic Fire Management Planning Committee said he urges members of the community to get involved too.
“Gippsland communities have told us that the most important things to protect are human life, private property, the natural environment, human health and well-being, infrastructure, regional economies and cultural heritage.
“We now need community input into bushfire management strategies to help us strike the right balance. This feedback will inform our bushfire management strategies and guide future work such as fuel management, targeted community engagement, and prioritisation of government resources for Gippsland.
“Strategic bushfire management planning uses technology developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne to identify those areas in Gippsland where bushfires pose the greatest risk.
“This modelling approach helps us to direct our bushfire management efforts to areas of greatest risk, including the most effective places to target fuel reduction.
“Previously, this planning process focussed on bushfire risk across public land. This time, we’ve broadened our focus to help determine where to target fuel management on both public and private land,” Mr West said.
“For the first time, priority fuel management categorisation is applied to private land. It is an opportunity to start a conversation with the community about how we can all work together to reduce bushfire risk.
“The new strategies will guide bushfire risk reduction on both public and private land across Gippsland into the future.”
To have your say, go to engage.vic.gov.au/bushfire-planning
The online survey opened yesterday.