Communities First Grants
Council offered funding to local community groups and organisations to deliver projects to help build vibrant and connected communities. Strong community and neighbourhood connections help people to manage better during and after emergencies.
We are happy to announce that the 2022-2023 grant program was able to support six community-led projects.
Read about the successful Communities First grant recipients and their projects.
Emergency Planning Drop-in Sessions
In 2022 we piloted a series of casual drop-in sessions throughout the Shire where people could grab a cuppa and chat with CFA and Council officers about planning for emergencies, such as storms, power outages, bushfires and heatwaves.
2022 Place Shapers Program
This nine-week program saw seven community members from rural Nillumbik develop the skills, knowledge and connections to bring their community preparedness, connection and resilience project ideas to life.
Community Bushfire Preparedness and Resilience Grants
Established in 2021, grants have been available to local community groups and not-for-profit organisations to deliver projects that help communities to prepare for bushfires and bounce back from emergencies.
2022-2023 grants will open in November 2022 (these will be added to the 'Current projects' tab when available).
2021-2022 grant recipients:
- Arthurs Creek/Strathewen Fire Brigade - the volunteer firefighters from the Arthurs Creek/Strathewen Fire Brigade, leaders from three neighbouring brigades in Nillumbik and a neighbouring brigade from Whittlesea will participate in three sessions facilitated by a guest speaker covering the influences of topography and weather on bushfire behaviour (this project will be delivered in 2023)
- Bushfire Resilience Inc. 2022 Webinar Series - the creation of recordings from the series of five free bushfire preparedness webinars for inclusion on bushfireresilience.org.au
2020-2021 grant recipients:
- Strathewen Bushfire Education Partnership - Strathewen Primary School students created a series of mini videos showing how a number of different measurement instruments are used
- Arthurs Creek Bushfire Education Partnership - fire behaviour expert Jamie Mackenzie from Red Flag Leadership led the students on a bushwalk looking at the many aspects of fire behaviour
- Bushfire Resilience Inc. 2021 Webinar Series - a series of five free webinars focused on the science of bushfire
Emergency Preparedness Workshops
In October 2021, an online webinar was delivered by Council, CFA and DELWP to assist local NDIS providers to understand their responsibility to support their clients, people with disability, to prepare for emergencies. Dr Michelle Villeneuve introduced the Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (P-CEP) Toolkit which was designed by and for people with disability. Download a copy of the P-CEP(PDF, 7MB) or find other great resources to help prepare your emergency plans.
In November 2021, an online Emergency Preparedness Workshop was delivered by Council, CFA and DELWP to support community members to understand the local bushfire risk and to start preparing their bushfire plans.