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 recognises 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.

For further information or to get involved, speak with our Emergency Project Resilience Officer (EPRO) on 03 9433 3111 or email

Building a better understanding of bushfire risk (DELWP community survey)

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is seeking input from local communities on decision-making about bushfire management. Share your thoughts about living with bushfire risk in this important engagement project.

Nillumbik residents are encouraged to take part in the survey and contribute to the collective knowledge and experience of Victoria more broadly. The feedback will be used to:

  • Improve how DELWP engages and communicates about bushfire risk
  • Develop a range of bushfire risk measures that are more meaningful and useful to communities
  • Inform the development of DELWP’s whole of sector bushfire strategy

DELWP wants to understand what you care about most, what you think are the most effective ways of managing bushfire risk and what type of information is helpful in supporting your understanding.

Council encourages anyone who lives or works in Nillumbik to take part in the survey and share their thoughts, knowledge and experiences.

The survey closes on 30 June.

You can access it on DELWP's website or our Participate Nillumbik page.