Local resources

Look here for publications relevant to our local area that might interest you. Click on each to open a PDF that you can save to your computer or print.

Newstead Community Plan – a plan developed by the Newstead community

Tarrengower Community Plan – the Maldon community’s plan

Safer Together – the Victorian Government’s new policy on fire preparedness

Strategic Bushfire Management Plan: West Central Bushfire risk landscape – the overall plan for a region from Melbourne to Bendigo . This is the summary.

Strategic Bushfire Management Plan: West Central Bushfire risk landscape – Full report on the Plan.

Zoning public land: DELWP zones public land in relation to risk and therefore the actions to be taken to reduce ‘fuel’: the zones around Newstead and Maldon (and across the region) are under review now with comments due by 11 November. This is the link to the map showing zonings and proposed changes, and there is also a table to help you decode the map.

David Cheal on Tolerable Fire Intervals – you heard him at Talking Fire – now read the report. You might also be interested in his submission to the Bushfires Royal Commission.

CFA Publication “Landscaping for Bushfire” – great guide to planting for fire preparedness, covers zoning, plant selection and management for a range of settings.

Aboriginal use of fire

While knowledge of how Aboriginal people used fire in this landscape in the past is limited, DEWLP and Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation are planning to work together to carefully try out some new approaches to burning, based on specific ecological and cultural goals rather than ‘hazard reduction’.

The Firesticks project (a partnership with the NSW Nature Conservancy Council) demonstrates western and traditional Aboriginal science knowledge coming together to explore new approaches to fire for ecological and cultural purposes in NSW: this short video offers interesting viewing.

The Country Needs People website includes reports on projects using fire to achieve ecological objectives – in the Kimberley to protect endangered bird species and in the Central Desert (WA), a location where feral cats are actively hunted as well.

Firescape – Arizona

A program called Firescape is used in Arizona to address ecology/biodiversity of some forested public lands. Read more here.

One of the partners is the U.S. Nature Conservancy – here is a comment from their website.