The forum is in Sale on 26-27 May and is aimed at members who are already champions of community engagement in their local brigade or neighbourhood, said Community Education Coordinator Nicole Cooper-Warneke.
“We’re looking to harness some of the enthusiasm and motivation of these passionate people as well as providing them with some skills they can bring back to their own communities,” she said.
“The forum will be an opportunity for members to network with like-minded people from other communities and share the initiatives that work for them, and it will hopefully provide inspiration for new ideas as well.
“The forum is a highly localised take on the statewide Community Engagement and Fire Awareness Forum held last October. We’ll be putting together the agenda tomorrow night in consultation with key volunteers, to see what they want to focus on.
“It’s about thinking outside the square and spreading the fire safety message out there in a way that matches the needs of our communities.”
This is the first event of its kind in Gippsland and according to Regional Director Mark Reid the forum is an opportunity to recognise the great work at the local level.
“We’ve got a lot of enthusiastic brigades and members out there and the Gippsland Community Engagement Forum is about supporting them to develop their skills,” Mr Reid said.
“These are the people at the front line of community engagement and it’s about providing a platform for them to share their initiatives and take away some different ideas.
“We need to continually improve and update the way we approach community engagement – it’s about thinking a bit differently and being innovative.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the ideas that come from this forum, and using them to better support our members in the future as they promote bushfire preparedness among their communities,” said Mr Reid.
Gippsland members can express interest in the community engagement forum by: