Melbourne Bushfire Protection Program
In July 2009, Parks Victoria received $21 million over four years to improve fire preparedness on public land around the urban and fringe areas of Melbourne.
The Melbourne Bushfire Protection Program (MBPP) includes a focus on increased fire prevention works and improved community information and engagement.
Program delivery is being led by Parks Victoria in partnership with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, the Country Fire Authority, Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and Municipal Association of Victoria.
The program area extends across greater Melbourne from the Mornington Peninsula, to the Dandenong Ranges, Lower Yarra Valley and west to Melbourne's grassland reserves and the Werribee River.
The program will reduce the risk of bushfire to communities and assets in Melbourne's urban and fringe areas by:
- Reducing fuel loads
- Building on existing programs of planned burning
- Improving standard and quality of fuel breaks
- Enhancing response capability with additional fire fighting resources
- Building on existing community bushfire education and engagement programs to improve preparedness, prevention and community safety.
Improved fire planning will also ensure that the environmental effects of fire protection works on our parks are fully considered. Many of these areas around Melbourne have significant values that need to be protected.
This report summarises the first year achievements of the Melbourne Bushfire Protection Program:
Fire preparedness works
Information on works occurring, including fuel breaks and burns planned for individual parks, can be found under the 'fire management' tab on specific park pages.
Vegetation removal on a public land boundary
Interim planning provisions are still in place to simplify residents' entitlements to clear vegetation around their homes to prepare for the threat of fire in the warmer months, for example, clearing around buildings and along fence lines. Fence line clearing can include public land that is managed by Parks Victoria. Find out more...
12 Nov 2013
In preparation for the opening of the seasonal road closures, Parks Victoria staff along with fourteen members of the Mansfield Alpine Four Wheel Drive Club spent the past weekend clearing tracks in the Alpine National Park. A wild winter had taken its toll on tracks throughout the park with many…
15 Nov 2013 7:00pm - 2 Mar 2014 9:00pm
Fun, low key club mountain bike racing held on Friday nights over the Summer
11 Dec 2013 6:00pm-8:00pm
Festive season has arrived! Why not kick off summer with family, friends and colleagues by signing up to Emma & Tom's annual Christmas Run? Put the stress of Christmas shopping aside to enjoy a fun afternoon by Albert Part Lake. Don't forget to bring your picnic blanket along with some…
11 Dec 2013 8:15pm-9:15pm
The bat count is held once a month at dusk when the whole colony of 10,000 -20,000 bats fly out to feed around Melbourne’s suburbs. New counters are very welcome and much appreciated. Experience is not necessary as training is provided on the night. Wear comfortable shoes for walking, dress…
14 Dec 2013 9:00am - 15 Dec 2013 5:00pm
Escape to the mountains for a dose of sub-alpine walking before Christmas!! Help out with some track marking and once you reach the summit, relax and soak up wonderful wilderness views. For those who are happy to camp there will be a base-camp at Native Dog Flat for at least…
Escape to the mountains for a dose of sub-alpine walking with the Friends of Cob...Escape to the mountains for a dose of sub-alpine walking with the Friends of Cobberas this weekend 14-15 December. Help out with some track marking and once you reach the summit, relax and soak up wonderful wilderness views. Happy campers can stay at Native Dog Flat base-camp for at least one night. For non-campers, accommodation is available about an hour from the site. Visitors and new members most welcome. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.View post | Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15.52
It’s International Mountain Day today and there’s plenty of mountains, large and...It’s International Mountain Day today and there’s plenty of mountains, large and small, for you to enjoy in Victoria. Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, you’ll feel like you’re scaling to great heights at Cathedral Range State Park. While the park is a mecca for climbers there are tracks that anyone with moderate fitness can have a shot at climbing to the peak and enjoying the spectacular 360 degree views. http://bit.ly/1bun2RCView post | Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09.48
Great Victorian Fish Count at the Barwon Bluff Marine SanctuaryView post | Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14.37
It's a girl! Conservation Volunteers project officer Travis Scicchitano holds th...It's a girl! Conservation Volunteers project officer Travis Scicchitano holds this precious baby, trapped as part of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot revival program at Woodlands Historic Park. This is the first generation of Woodlands bandicoots and comes after three years of hard work preparing and maintaining the back paddock at Woodlands. Well done to the EBB recovery team which includes Conservation Volunteers, Parks Victoria and Zoos Victoria.View post | Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10.55
Over the weekend a TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair was tested on a section of...Over the weekend a TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair was tested on a section of the Great Ocean Walk from Cape Otway to Aire River by a group of keen walkers including David Stratton, his family and Parks Victoria staff John Kenwright and Kate Churven. All were happy to report the test was a resounding success.View post | Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15.11