Latrobe Valley Community Bushfire Connections Project 2017-2018

This link will take you to the original 2017 Latrobe Valley Community Bushfire Connections Project.

The Community Bushfire Connections Project was a Latrobe Valley Living with Bushfire Initiative aimed at improving outcomes for communities and individuals at risk from bushfire by:

  • developing a consistent and shared understanding of fire risk and behaviour,
  • improving the understanding of agency response and preparedness, and
  • supporting individuals and communities to better plan and prepare for bushfires.

The Community Bushfire Connection program delivered three community-based, bushfire-related events across these Latrobe Valley communities: Callignee, Tyers, Yallourn North, Yinnar, Toongabbie, Glengarry, Boolarra, Jeeralang, Moe South, Morwell and Churchill.

The Project had three components:

  1. Information evenings where researchers and experts talked to communities about the upcoming fire season,
  2. Information buses visiting key communities with fire experts and tools to help people plan and prepare their properties for bushfires, and
  3. Evenings where community members and fire agency practitioners worked through a simulated bushfire scenario to test bushfire plans.

The project control team included representatives from Latrobe City Council, Federation University, Parks Victoria, the CFA, Forest Fire Management Victoria, HVP Plantations and community representatives.