What is CBBM?

Community Based Bushfire Management (CBBM) is one of the projects under the State-wide, Victorian Government funded Safer Together project. It adopts a community development approach in reducing bushfire risk through using community knowledge, values, skills, resources and strengths. It promotes the community being at the centre of decision making and working in equal partnership with different agencies as together we aim towards safer and more resilient communities.

There are currently 21 communities across the State engaged in CBBM, supported by nine facilitators embedded within the CFA, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and local government.

As an area with high bushfire risk, Briagolong was first engaged in the CBBM program in August 2018. Since then, several projects, discussions and initiatives have taken place to support the Briagolong community in building resilience to bushfires and other emergencies.

Some activities have included:

  • “We’ve Got Your Number” project – selling solar powered light-up house numbers to assist emergency services during fire events
  • Fire in the Foothills Short Film competition
  • “After the Fire” workshop on insurance and rebuilding after bushfire events
  • Briagolong Community Event November 2018 – interactive family event with emergency services (see video below)
  • “Resilience in Community Settings” event on the value and role of neighbourhood houses in building resilience to local emergencies
  • Online community conversation 12 November 2020 – introducing Community Fireguard Groups and brainstorming ideas for other activities. Missed out? You can watch the recording here.
  • Community Trivia Night 25 June 2021 – ‘So you think you know Briag?’

Upcoming events and initiatives

  • Stay and Defend CFA workshop 13 November 2021. Register your interest here.
  • House numbers available at General Store for $15 each, proceeds go to Briagolong Community House.
  • Welcome packs for new residents are being developed by Briagolong Community House and interested community members. Have local knowledge about Briag emergencies? Get in touch with BCH today at:  0351455425

Get in touch

If you’d like further information on the upcoming events or projects, or have any other questions or ideas for community initiatives, please get in touch with Briagolong’s CBBM Facilitator Rebekah Baynard-Smith at: or 0427 368 657.

Lions Club-CBBM Trivia Night June 2021

Fire in the Foothills Short Films

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