Boost for fire safety in Alpine Shire

Bright’s township protection plan has been approved for use as the state model.

The plan was developed by Council and North East CFA with significant input from the community. It was then combined with Barwon/Corangamite’s CFA’s township plan for Anglesea, before being presented to the Township Protection Planning State Reference Group on 28 May. The template will now be used to develop township protection plans all over Victoria.

Council Fire Prevention Officer Darryl Farmer said that the Bright community deserved credit for their input in developing the state model.

“This is really the Bright community’s plan,” he said.

“They developed it with us, told us what worked and what didn’t. Without their effort we never could have developed the state template, which is a great effort for a small community. It is something that they own and something that they are happy with.”

With a template now approved, Council and the North East CFA will begin reviewing township specific plans for Wandiligong, Bogong, Porepunkah and Harrietville in time for next fire season.

The improvements to fire safety do not finish there with the draft budget allocating funds for an additional fire prevention officer. If the budget is adopted, the Officer will be employed for five months a year during the most at-risk times for bushfires.

“This proves we are leading the way in fire safety,” Mr Farmer said.

“The additional fire prevention officer will help us tackle another fire season. However we will not become complacent and we know that we can always improve our fire safety procedures.”

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