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...
06 Mar 2014
Clean Up Australia Day events held at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve over the weekend resulted in 4 cubic metres of rubbish being removed from the bush in and around the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Active community members of Castlemaine and Chewton spent their Sunday collecting rubbish including…
12 Mar 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
15 Mar 2014 9:00am - 16 Mar 2014 5:00pm
The Back to Steiglitz community art group will have an exhibition in St Paul's church, Steiglitz. There will be 4 artists displaying their works in a variety of mediums and styles. Historic buildings will be open to the public. The Back to Steiglitz group will provide food and drinks for…
23 Mar 2014 9:00am-3:00pm
Help create koala habitat and learn about koalas. Enjoy a day helping Koalas in the wild. Search for koalas, monitor their behaviour, remove weeds from their habitat and take records of all other wildlife seen, all in the company of a highly experienced Koala Researcher. Part of the day is…
23 Mar 2014 11:00am-3:30pm
Live.Grow.Explore. Community Day brings community together to explore their broader backyard and to learn more about sustainable lifestyle choices in one of Melbourne's most extensive landcare and reinvigoration corridors. This FREE family event and BBQ lunch showcases many sustainable education stalls. The day includes Vasili Kanidiadis of Vasilis Garden to…
Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See...Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See Me. He is from the Karen people of Burma and lived for 15 years in a refugee camp before coming to Australia. See Me is being sponsored by Matchworks and will be working with us for the next 11 months while he completes a Certificate Three in Horticulture. We’re celebrating the many park connections with Victoria’s rich multicultural community during Parks Week. http://ow.ly/ui2jQView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16.14
Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last week...Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last weekend resulted in 4 cubic metres of rubbish being removed from the bush in and around Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers for their efforts on the day. http://ow.ly/uhMnvView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11.43
During Parks Week we’re celebrating increased access for people of all abilities...During Parks Week we’re celebrating increased access for people of all abilities to enjoy Victoria’s parks. Thanks to all who have been testing out the all-terrain wheelchairs that are now in many of our most popular parks. Whether it’s taking in the stunning views in the Grampians or at Wilsons Prom, enjoying time at the beach or experiencing the Great Ocean Walk, it’s great to see they are being put to such great use! http://ow.ly/ufr0PView post | Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15.50
Don’t forget to check out all the fantastic ways kids and families can connect w...Don’t forget to check out all the fantastic ways kids and families can connect with nature during Parks Week and beyond. Become a Junior Ranger, go camping, explore your local park or get involved in some of the many other activities on offer. http://bit.ly/1dj0WXI Remember to share your favourite park photos with us. Post to our timeline to be included in our inspirational Park Photo Album on Friday.View post | Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13.55
Celebrate Parks Week with us from today until 9 March and enjoy all that nature...Celebrate Parks Week with us from today until 9 March and enjoy all that nature and our beautiful parks have to offer. To help inspire you, our rangers have given us some of their favourite photos to share. We’d love to see your park photos too. Post to our timeline to be included in our inspirational Park Photo Album on Friday.Inspiring park picsCelebrate Parks Week with us from today until 9 March and enjoy all that nature and our beautiful parks have to offer. To help inspire you, our rangers have given us some of their favourite photos to share. We’d love to see your park photos too. Post to our timeline to be included in our inspirational Park Photo Album on Friday.View post | Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14.15