Let’s talk about bushfires

Woodend CFA volunteers Tom Lowe and Cara Nolan.

Do you have any questions about bushfires? Woodend Fire Brigade wants to hear from you! 

As summer approaches, it’s time to start thinking and talking about bushfires. 

To kickstart the conversation, Woodend CFA wants to know what questions you have about fire as part of its Woodend Community Preparedness 2023 Project, which is being coordinated by volunteers Cara Nolan and Tom Lowe. 

“There is a huge amount of information available to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from bushfire events, but this can sometimes be overwhelming,” Tom said. 

“We have busy lives and many of us find it hard to know where to start or what actions will have the most impact. 

“We want to find out what people in the Woodend community most want to know about bushfire, so that we can tailor the information we provide and make it more relevant to the likely fire scenarios in the Woodend area. 

“We also want to stimulate community conversation. Preparedness isn’t just about cleaning your gutters and mowing the lawns.” 

Cara said bushfire safety and recovery research pointed to the importance of community connections, people having conversations with their friends and neighbours about bushfire. 

“This will either highlight things that you need more information about, or the knowledge and experience that already exists within our community,” she said. 

“Either way, having these conversations will leave us all more informed about our levels of preparedness.” 

To fill in the survey, go to: tinyurl.com/WoodendCFA or contact the brigade. You can also speak to Woodend CFA volunteers at the Woodend Farmers Market on November 4.