Cardinia Shire Council initiated the “Bushfire Prepare” program after the introduction of the 2020 Metropolitan Bushfire Management Strategy. This strategy introduced the concept of Bushfire Risk Engagement Areas (BREAs) within privately owned land. We saw that there was a lack of readily accessible information and resources available to private landholders to help them contribute to bushfire risk reduction in BREAs.
Unlike neighbouring shires, Cardinia has a large proportion of privately owned land. Without a program supporting bushfire risk reduction on private land, a significant residual risk remains.
Safer Together has supported the development and implementation of this project through seed funding and technical support. The project will provide a valuable resource for all council areas which have privately owned land within the BREAs.
We hope to provide:
Bushfire Prepare consists of an e-learning package comprising seven modules:
The first two modules basically mirror the existing CFA Fire Safety Essentials program, adapted for online learning and providing an accessible delivery mechanism. These modules can be completed by anyone with an interest in bushfire safety and preparing a bushfire plan.
Modules 3 to 7 are mainly aimed at owners of properties with a bushfire risk who want to better understand how to go about reducing their bushfire risk. While these are aimed at those properties in the Bushfire Risk Engagement Areas the modules will be suitable for any rural areas.
Following completion of all modules, there will be an option for participants to take part in a practical workshop in which the skills learnt in the theory component will be able to be put into practice.