For­est fire man­age­ment plan

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.sur­vey­mon­ Gramps­bm­sr­pri­vate­land.

He said peo­ple could com­ment on four po­ten­tial strat­egy op­tions by visit­ing www.sur­vey­mon­­bm­srstrat­e­gy­op­tions.

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