The plan has been a collaborative effort that has bought together all agencies with a responsibility for the management of bushfire, including CFA, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria Cardinia Shire Council and Victoria Police, The plan will guide these agencies in the way they prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover the community from the effects of bushfire.
“Government, fire agencies and the community all have responsibilities when dealing with fire and land management. This collaborative planning approach improves the way that organisations work together to reduce the destructive impact of fire on communities and the environment.
To complete the plan and ensure it is a reflection of our communities needs we are seeking your input. Residents, township committees, business operators, schools and community groups are encouraged to view the document and provide feedback.
Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Ed Chatwin is encouraging residents to have a say, particularly those from high risk areas like Cockatoo, Emerald, Gembrook, Maryknoll, Pakenham Upper, Beaconsfield Upper and Tonimbuk.
“The Municipal Fire Management Plan is a vital document that helps guide agencies and residents to better prepare for bushfires,” Cr Chatwin said.
“Each and every one of us has a role to play.
“Although this living document will continue to be updated to reflect the community’s changing needs, there is no better time than now to provide input,” Cr Chatwin said.
The plan can be viewed online at www.ifmp.vic.gov.au. Hard copies are available from Council offices, Henty Way, Pakenham.
Residents are encouraged to come along to an information day on Sunday 8 July 2012 at Cockatoo Community Hall between 10am – 2pm. Representatives from all agencies will be available to discuss the draft Cardinia Municipal Fire Management Plan and answer community’s questions.
Submissions can be sent via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Post submissions can be made to Cardinia Shire Council, Community, Risk and Emergency Management,
For more information contact Council’s Community, Risk and Emergency Management team on 1300 787 624.