Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Wimmera District is hosting the 46th annual Little Desert Fire Conference from 10:00 am, 30 August at Natimuk and District’s Soldiers Memorial Hall.

Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Wimmera District Manager, Glenn Rudolph said: “The Little Desert Fire Conference provides an opportunity to strengthen multi-agency partnerships and share knowledge and ideas before we head into what is shaping up to be a demanding Spring planned burning program and early fire season.

“With our partners Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Parks Victoria, CFA, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, State Emergency Service, Department of Human Services, Catchment Management Authorities and Water Authorities, we will review Fire Operations Planning for the West Wimmera, Little Desert National Park, and Mt Arapiles/Tooan State Park, including preparation for the coming season,” Mr Rudolph said.

“We will also discuss the Safer Together strategy, which is our new approach to reducing the risks of bushfire, with a focus on how effective our actions are in reducing risk, not just the amount of activity we undertake. 

“This approach, including moving to a risk reduction target for planned burns, will lead to a more integrated approach to bushfire management actions across public and private land.

“Attendees will also discover more about the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP’s) Malleefowl Conservation Project, a study of habitat loss, fragmentation and continued predation pressure. They will also learn how past bushfires have presented a real threat to endangered Malleefowl populations, and how planned fuel reduction burning aims to:

  • reduce the intensity of uncontrolled bushfire, and
  • protect or enhance Malleefowl habitat including remnants of long-unburnt vegetation.

“A field trip will show participants the landscape in and around the Little Desert National Park and Mt Arapiles-Tooan State Park, where ‘Caring for Country’ Indigenous burning and strategic asset protection is so important.

“Increasing cooperation with other agencies is part of our ‘Safer Together’ approach; by working together we combine a range of expertise that will benefit the planned burning program, the community, and the environment.”

For more information on the Victorian Government’s ‘Safer Together’ approach to bushfire risk management go to www.delwp.vic.gov.au/safer-together.

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