A community led process to assess and manage bushfire risk in the Yellingbo Conservation Area will begin next month.
It’s the first step in the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to protect the area’s biodiversity and create an extended Yellingbo Conservation Area by the end of 2018.
The assessment will consider all risk factors, and develop specific bushfire management recommendations and strategies to ensure bushfire risk in the extended area is managed effectively.
These strategies, such as the creation of vegetation buffer zones around community assets, will inform the overall design and ongoing management of the conservation area, including any revegetation and fuel management works.
The planning process will be led by the local community with support from two independent fire experts and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water.
Local CFA brigades and the Yarra Ranges Shire’s Municipal Emergency Management Committee will also play an integral role in the process.
An initial community meeting about bushfire risk in the Don Valley, particularly in relation to the rehabilitation of Haining Farm, is being held on Saturday 10th December at the Don Valley Primary School.
Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“We’re putting people first by completing a bushfire risk assessment and developing a bushfire management plan – the first step in implementing an extended Yellingbo Conservation Area.”
Quote attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino
“In order for this bushfire risk assessment to be effective it must be underpinned by the local knowledge and the expertise of landowners and the community.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020