Communities First


Nillumbik Shire Council has received funding from the State Government ‘Safer Together’ program to facilitate community-led bushfire preparedness with Nillumbik’s rural communities.

The Communities First Project will support and strengthen existing community bushfire preparedness initiatives, while looking for new opportunities to collaborate with community members and agencies to ensure we are well prepared when bushfires occur in our Shire.

Supporting a community-based approach to bushfire preparedness

The project utilises a place based, inclusive approach to meeting the unique needs of different communities by working together to use resources and share local insight to improve bushfire preparedness. This project reflects key priorities from the Nillumbik Bushfire Mitigation Strategy which recognise the importance of collaboration between agencies and community in bushfire preparedness and risk awareness initiatives.

 Council recognises that different communities are already leading successful fire preparedness initiatives and we wish to explore what else we can do together.


Community Conversations 

In recognition of the importance of local knowledge and experience, Emergency Project & Resilience Officer (EPRO), Edwina Moran will undertake community conversations with rural residents, businesses, community groups and organisations. We would like to hear from a range of community members to generate discussion and ideas to ensure the Communities First Project reflects what is important to our communities and to assist Council and agencies to develop initiatives that will help further build community resilience to bushfire.

If you’re a community member, represent a community group, have seen community bushfire preparedness in action or have an idea you would like Council to know about, please register here for a conversation. 

Community Bushfire Preparedness and Resilience Grant

Council is offering one-off funding opportunities for not-for-profit organisations and community groups to deliver initiatives that help bushfire preparedness and community resilience with bushfire prone communities in Nillumbik.

Grant applicants that partner with other community groups, organisations or agencies (including local fire brigades) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Community Bushfire Preparedness and Resilience Grants provide the funds to deliver community led initiatives that are responsive to the broad ways communities prepare for bushfire. The Community Bushfire Preparedness and Resilience Grants are partnership grants between community groups and/or agencies or not for profits and Council, with ongoing support from Emergency Project Resilience Officer (EPRO), Edwina Moran, to support community groups throughout project development and implementation. Please speak with Edwina prior to applying on 0428 527 889 or via and to download a full copy of the application guidelines, please visit the link at the bottom of the page.

To find out more or apply for a grant, please visit the grant website.