Tolmie Community Based Bushfire Management Group

Community Based Bushfire Management (CBBM) is a new way of reducing the risk of bushfire in Victoria where fire agencies, councils and communities work together to develop local solutions to reduce bushfire risk.
Towns are selected to take part based on their level of bushfire risk and their demonstrated willingness to work together and with agencies.
Tolmie demonstrated the leadership, networks and capability to plan and deliver events that saw it nominated and succeed in being selected as one of only 21 Victorian towns taking part in this project.
Following the very successful ‘Bushfire Simulation’ held at the Tolmie Hall in February, interested residents were invited to form a CBBM group.
Residents will be meeting with representatives from CFA, Forest Fire Management Victoria and the Mansfield Shire Council to work together addressing the issues and concerns about fire that affect Tolmie directly.
The group has had their first meeting and several ideas on fuel reduction, community education and ways to increase resident’s safety were considered and discussed. Future community events were suggested and plans are already being made.
Guest speakers are being organised for a meeting to increase the groups knowledge on roadside management and the plan is to meet monthly, working closely with the fire agencies and Council in having a greater say in how the bushfire risk in Tolmie is managed.
If you are a resident of Tolmie that would like to be involved contact Sue Harley on 0407 604 012.