Council has a range of fire management plans to prepare and respond to bushfires in the municipality. These plans also help decide what fire prevention works are required in Council’s 55 natural reserves to make sure they meet:
- current bushfire management standards
- legislative requirements.
While Council will make every effort to keep residents safe it is important to have your own personal fire plan.
Frankston Municipal Emergency Management Plan
This Plan incorporates fire and all emergency information for the municipality. Please visit our Frankston Municipal Emergency Management Plan page to learn more.
The Bushfire Management Strategy
The Bushfire Management Strategy has been approved by the Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee. The Strategy has been developed by Terramatrix to provide guidance on how Council manages its 55 bush land reserves in relation to bushfire management.
It aims to ensure Council’s natural reserves are managed consistently to meet obligations for:
- public safety
- environmental care
- legal obligations
- community and council expectations in accordance with the Frankston Municipal Emergency Management Plan.
The main goal of the Strategy is to identify and assess hazards, community exposure and vulnerability to bushfire and prioritise the 55 natural reserves based on this assessment of bushfire risk. This allows Council to administer a range of fire management treatments in our natural reserves based on a consistent assessment process. Reserves were classified as low, moderate or high fire management priority, with a range of suitable treatments for each category outlined to reduce bushfire risk.
Download the Bushfire Management Strategy(PDF, 5MB).
Fire Management Plans
These Plans are location specific and are created for all high-risk reserves listed in the Fire Management Strategy. The Plans identify:
- the nature and level of the risk for a location
- areas where fuel breaks or fuel reduction zones should be placed
- the location of access points for emergency services
- the public and vegetation types and classes.
Fire Management Plans were developed by an external consultant (Terramatrix) to ensure current fire science and environmental implications were considered.
You can request a copy of the Plans by making a freedom of information application to Council. Call us on 1300 322 322 for more information.
Fire Management Statements
These statements are location specific and are created for moderate and low risk natural reserves. These statements are a very basic document that highlights:
- access points
- current maintenance methods
- emergency information.
These plans are currently being developed and are not available to the public, once completed they will be available on this page.