Fire management body is formed

VARIOUS agencies from across Wellington Shire have formed a municipal fire management planning committee.

Committee chairman Graeme Taylor said by working together, the agencies were able to combine knowledge of risk associated with fire to draft what would eventually become Wellington’s first municipal fire management plan.

“The document will act as a blueprint for all the agencies involved and result in a more holistic view towards fire prevention,” he said.

The aim of the plan is to reduce the overall impact of bushfire, structural and chemical fires within the municipality.

The committee is comprised of representatives from the Country Fire Authority, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Wellington Shire Council, VicRoads, Victoria Police, Hancock Victoria Plantations and Parks Victoria.

“We are now at the point where we require community input,” Mr Taylor said.

“Anyone with an interest, knowledge or experience with fire is invited to provide feedback on the draft document.”

The plan incorporates state-wide fire policies as well as providing a series of practical actions to reduce the risk posed by fire to Wellington’s settlements, key infrastructure, cultural and economic assets.

“A significant amount of work has gone into getting the plan to this point and we have been cautious to create a realistic plan that sets priorities capable of being achieved within existing budget and resource constraints,” Mr Taylor said.

“That would not have been possible without all relevant agencies working together around the table.”

Copies of the plan may be viewed at Wellington Shire Council’s customer service centres in Sale and Yarram, libraries, police stations across Wellington Shire, Department of Sustainability and Environment Gippsland offices, Country Fire Authority Gippsland headquarters in Sale and www.wellington.vic.gov.au