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 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.
Some activities have included:
- Community meetings at the Moe South Fire Station with special guests to share about community emergency management, the Latrobe Valley Information Network, and the work that HVP does to reduce fire risk to the plantations and surrounding communities
- Working with Edward Hunter Reserve to prepare for planned burns and ensure fire truck access
- Supported Baringa Special School in their emergency planning
- Online community meeting (6th October 2020), in response to a survey sent to Moe South residents and businesses
- “Preparing your Property 101” Online Workshop (19th October 2020).
- Cup Weekend community clean-up/working bee: 31st October 2020 – 3rd November 2020. You can provide your feedback on the Clean Up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSCUeval
- Ladies Morning Tea (12th December 2020) with special guest speaker Amanda Lamont (see video below).
Upcoming events and initiatives
Get in touch
If you’d like further information on Moe South CBBM events or projects, or if you have any questions or ideas for community initiatives, please get in touch with Moe South’s CBBM Facilitator Rebekah Baynard-Smith at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0427 368 657.
Further resources to help you prepare for the bushfire season and to support your community:
- Preparing for bushfire 1030 Rule
- Fire ready kit
- Defending your property
- Leaving early
- Retrofit your home guide
- Am I Prepared? presentation
- Retrofit your home for better protection
- Clearing vegetation to help protect your home from bushfire
- Property fire management planning guide
- Fire safety
- Landscaping for bushfire
- Pets and bushfires
- “Preparing your property 101” workshop presentation
- Property assessment checklist
- Rural garden: Landscaping for bushfire
- Local slashing contractors
- Bushfire Insurance Tips from Disaster Legal Help
Ladies Morning Tea December 2020
Moe South Community Clean Up November 2020
Over Cup Weekend, the Moe South community put on a Community Clean Up to prepare for the upcoming bushfire season. This initiative was part of Safer Together’s Community Based Bushfire Management project, supporting communities to reduce fire risk and build resilience in the spirit of shared responsibility and shared contribution.
During an initial online meeting prompted by a survey sent to all Moe South residents, the community recognised individual property maintenance as a key part of reducing fire risk in the Moe South area. In the lead up to a long-weekend working bee, a planning workshop was held online to help residents understand their rights and responsibilities as rural land owners, what is “best practice” to building a fire-ready home and landscape, and how to follow Council regulations in their preparations. We also had a special feature from Victoria Legal Aid to highlight the importance of insurance for residents in high-bushfire risk areas.
The community clean up was held from Saturday 31st October to Tuesday 3rd November, with special lunches held on the Saturday and Sunday outside the CFA station, Pindari Road, Matthew Court and Simon Court. An estimated 50 properties participated in the clean up, and free green waste collection was made available with the support of Safer Together and CFA Vegetation Management.
The lunches were a great opportunity for residents to reconnect after many months of isolation. Residents were also encouraged to request and offer assistance, with several community members volunteering their time and resources to help out their neighbours. Important connections were forged and strengthened over the course of the weekend. Alongside property preparation, community relationships are essential in building resilience to any hazard or emergency event.
Special thanks to Theo Van Der Meulen from Latrobe Valley Camera Club who volunteered his time and skills on the Saturday to help us capture the initiative (click here to see more photos). Thanks also to the CFA volunteers who were on standby for the burn-offs happening over the course of the clean up. Thank you to the community members who offered assistance to others and thanks to everyone who participated, attended the lunches and helped make this event a success!