Communities First

Community First: Supporting a Community-led Approach to Bushfire Preparedness

Nillumbik Shire Council has been funded by The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) under the ‘Safer Together’ grants program to facilitate community-led bushfire preparedness activities with Nillumbik’s rural communities. The Communities First Project will support and strengthen existing community bushfire preparedness initiatives while looking for opportunities to collaborate with community and agencies to build community preparedness capacity.

The project seeks to place the community at the centre of preparing for bushfires, build on existing capacity by collaborating and strengthening collaboration between communities, agencies and Council. The project utilises a place based, inclusive approach to meet the unique needs of different communities by working together to use resources and share local insight to improve bushfire preparedness. 

The Communities First Project will support and strengthen existing community bushfire preparedness initiatives while looking for opportunities to collaborate with community and agencies to build community preparedness capacity.

This project is being implemented by Emergency Project & Resilience Officer (EPRO), Edwina Moran.

We would like to hear from a range of community members to provide feedback and generate valuable discussions which will help shape the Community First Project.

This feedback will then assist in improving and building resilience for bushfire and assisting Council and agencies in preparing communications for community members. 

At the completion of this project we would like communities to;

  • Be able to foresee and/or acknowledge threats and risks;
  •  Work with emergency services and other agencies, especially the local government to build disaster resilience;
  • Have a sense of community.

In recognition of local knowledge and experience the EPRO is undertaking structured community conversations with rural residents, businesses, community groups and organisations. As legislated, Council will enter a Caretaker Period (Election Period) commencing at midnight on Tuesday 22 September 2020 and concluding at 6:00pm on Saturday 24 October 2020. The EPRO will begin conversations with community members and groups from Monday 26 October 2020.

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 contact community@nillumbik.vic.gov.au to schedule a conversation from Monday 26 October 2020.