Forest fire management plan
Forest Fire Management Victoria is seeking additional feedback from Wimmera residents on how best to identify and manage bushfire threats in the region.
The organisation collected feedback from residents in the Grampians region, which includes the Wimmera fire district, as part of Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Strategic Bushfire Management Planning.
The organisation is now asking residents for more feedback through a supplementary consultation process.
Forest Fire Management Victoria said it was committed to involving local communities in decision-making about bushfire management.
Grampians region assistant chief fire officer Tony English said that meant understanding what people cared about most and working with them to determine solutions to reducing risk.
“Managing the risks of bushfires is an ongoing and shared responsibility – everyone has a role,” he said.
“In February, we asked the community to help inform strategic bushfire management planning for the Grampians region. Feedback from that process has been appreciated and we now have a clearer understanding of the direction the community would like us to take.
“We invite community members to participate in a supplementary consultation process, which will test what we have heard and provide the opportunity for additional input.
“We need community input into our strategies to help us strike the right balance into the future.
“This new feedback will guide upcoming work such as fuel management and prioritisation of resources across the region.”
Mr English said people could comment on private land fuel management concerns by visiting website www.surveymonkey.com/r/ Grampsbmsrprivateland.
He said people could comment on four potential strategy options by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/r/grampsbmsrstrategyoptions.