Municipal Fire Management Plan
The aim of the Mornington Peninsula Municipal Fire Management Plan is for all agencies and the community to work together across all land tenures to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from fire.
The objectives of the Municipal Fire Management Plan are to:
• identify, prioritise and co-ordinate treatment of fire risks;
• engage the community to participate actively in fire management planning;
• increase the capacity of communities within the Mornington Peninsula Shire to prepare themselves and their assets in the event of fire;
• monitor, review and evaluate all activities across this fire planning;
• reflect the regional strategic direction.
The Mornington Peninsula has many high bushfire risk environments. It is therefore important that Council and emergency management agencies continue to collaboratively develop and refine structures and systems to plan, prepare, respond and recover from emergency events.
The Mornington Peninsula Municipal Fire Management Plan has been prepared by the Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee and is a sub-plan to the Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP). The plan is risk-based, having regard for the social, economic, built and natural environment impacts of fire, and functions as a guide for participants involved in fire management planning activities. The Mornington Peninsula Municipal Fire Management Plan was endorsed by Council on Monday 25 March, 2013.
Hastings bushfire case study
On Saturday January 3, 2015 the Mornington Peninsula experienced its largest bushfire in more than a decade. Unfortunately, bushfire continues to be a major challenge for emergency management agencies, local government and the community.
As a result of this fire, the Mornington Peninsula Shire and CFA commissioned this ‘Hastings Bushfire Case Study’ to gain a better understanding of the fire development and it’s subsequent impact on the community. The case study focuses on four key research themes:
- Fire behaviour;
- Fuel management zones;
- Community engagement and fire education; and
- Land use planning and building controls.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire and CFA will use the learning and research contained within this case study to jointly improve fire management planning into the future on the Mornington Peninsula. It is important to note that this report is not an exhaustive review of emergency management agencies and Shire prevention, preparedness, response and recovery activities but instead focuses on the four research themes from which the Mornington Peninsula Shire and CFA will gain most benefit.
Bushland Reserve Fire Management Plans
The Shire has a number of large reserves across that are mostly bushland reserves. Each one of these reserves has a fire management plan that has been endorsed by the Municipal Fire Prevention Committee and work is undertaken throughout the year in accordance with the approved fire management plans. View the plans and fire maps in the section Bushland Reserves & Fire Management
Roadsides Fire Management Plan
The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Roadsides Fire Management Plan outlines a five-year program of additional roadside fire management works for Shire-managed roads and categorises the roads for fire management purposes. Read more about the Shire's plans for improved fire management
Freeway Reserve Fire Management Plan
VicRoads and Mornington Peninsula Shire have developed a Fire Management Plan for the Mornington Peninsula freeway reserve corridor between Melbourne Road, Blairgowrie and Truemans Road, Tootgarook. The plan assesses the nature and level of bushfire risk and identifies actions to mitigate the risk to the adjoining properties and general community, whilst minimising adverse environmental impacts.
Information Guides (formerly known as Township Protection Plans)
Community Information Guides have been developed for nine identified high risk bushfire locations:
- McCrae /Arthurs Seat
- Main Ridge
- Rye / St Andrews Beach
- Mount Martha
community information guides
The plans contain local information for communities to help identify and manage the risk of bushfire and are based on the town’s bushfire history, terrain, vegetation and access routes.
For further information visit the CFA website