Council has a range of Fire Management plans to prepare and respond to bushfires in the municipality, these plans also dictate what Fire Prevention works are required in Council’s 55 Natural Reserves to assure they meet current bushfire management standards and legislative requirements. Whilst Council will make every effort to insure public safety it is important that all residents have their own personal fire plan.
The Frankston Municipal Fire Management Plan
This document is the overarching plan for Council and is a requirement of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958. It provides a standard for the way all fire prevention activities are undertaken in the City of Frankston. (This document is available on this page.)
The Bushfire Management Strategy
The Fire Management Strategy has been approved by the Municipal Fire Management Planning Committee and is available on the Council Website. The Frankston City Council Natural Reserves Bushfire Management Strategy has been developed by Terramatrix to become an overarching document that provides 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 and community and council expectations in accordance with the Frankston Municipal Fire Management Plan. The main output 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 classification gives a management priority for 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. This document is available as a related Document.
Fire Management Plans
These plans are location specific and are created for all High Risk reserves as listed in the Fire Management Strategy, the plan identifies the nature and level of the risk for that location and identifies areas where fuel breaks or fuel reduction zones should be established. The plan also provides details on the location of access points for emergency services and the public and vegetation types and classes. Fire Management Plans were developed by an external consultant (Terramatrix) to insure current fire science was being applied and Environmental implications are considered. (These plans are an internal document; however a copy can be obtained by making a freedom of information application to council.)
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 and emergency information. These plans are currently being developed and are not available to the public, once completed they will be available on this page.