Community Overview

On this part of the website you will find detailed stories about local community action on bushfire management. Using their own knowledge, understanding and experience, and with the support of agencies, communities across Victoria are organising to make the places where they live safer from fire.

From Mallacoota’s community action before and after the devastating 2019/2020 fires to community led activities in Moe South to unique plans in the far north east … there are plenty of great examples of strategic community led bushfire management across this state.

Community stories

  • Briagolong – This rural township in Wellington Shire took part in the Community Based Bushfire Management program in 2019. Among other community events, this creative mob made films as part of a local film festival competition. You can find the short films and more here.
  • Callignee & Traralgon South – Here you can read about the Callignee and Traralgon South Emergency Committee (CEC) and the Latrobe Community Emergency Management Forum (LCEMF).
  • Mallacoota – The story of Mallacoota’s readiness and recovery – summer 2019/2020
  • Moe South – As an area with extreme bushfire risk, Moe South was first engaged in the CBBM program in April 2019. Since then, several discussions and initiatives have taken place to support the Moe South community in building resilience to bushfires and other emergencies. You can read about them here.
  • Tamboon – Thirty kilometres south of Cann River, the tiny Tamboon community saved their homes from burning down in the 2019/2020 Gippsland fires. Find out what they did here.

Useful Resources

  • Australian Communities Foundation: This communications campaign trains and supports people in fire affected areas in East Gippsland – including more vulnerable residents – to tell their stories about the impact of climate change and the opportunities renewable energy represents to rebuild the region.
  • The Latrobe Valley Information Network (LVIN) is a comprehensive network that combines bushfire ignition detection, flood level monitoring, air quality tracking and 24-hour micro-climate weather monitoring, to provide early notification of fires, floods and air quality issues, such as storm asthma that can impact the lives of residents. The LVIN also provides 24 hour monitoring of plantations, water catchments, coal mines and power stations to assist in the protection of these industry resources in the region. Allergy sufferers can view live air concentration levels and movement to avoid contact and the impact of airborne pollens and contaminants including smoke from prescribed burns and the recent fires in Yinnar South. Read the registration guide here for further information on how to register and use the website.