PHOTO CAPTION: Acacia melanoxylon (Australian Blackwood) is common throughout the Bass Coast Landcare Network area. Like many native trees, the tree is adapted to bushfires. Less well known is its ability to slow the movement of bushfires, providing a barrier which might help stop fires from spreading in fire wise farms and gardens
The Bass Coast Landcare Network is excited to announce the commencement of an exciting new project, ‘Promoting and demonstrating Fire Wise planning and implementation in the Bass Coast’.
The Fire Wise project will engage community members and local groups from across the Bass Coast Landcare Network area. It aims to improve, share, test and demonstrate our understanding of how numerous species of indigenous plants, can be retained or planted in strategic locations around the built environment, to better protect our assets and enhance our local biodiversity.
With a mix of on farm case studies, demonstration sites, educational materials and partnership development, the project will raise the profile of fire planning and ‘Fire Wise’ awareness within the community.
The project is funded by the Australian Governments Preparing Australian Communities program in partnership with the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW). FNPW is an environmental charity organisation, that has been assisting communities to restore and conserve Australia’s natural environment for more than 50 years.
By its completion in March 2025, the project will deliver several key outcomes that are designed to progress a well-balanced community-based Fire Wise journey:
The Bass Coast Landcare Network is extremely excited about this project and the skills and knowledge that will be gained. It will enable us to further integrate fire planning into our land management planning and advice programs. With a changing climate this is an essential service that we will be able to provide to the community.
If you would like to become directly involved in this project as a planning case study site or an on ground demonstration site please download and fill out the attached EOI form and email directly to email@example.com
To keep up to date with this project look out for project updates on the Bass Coast Landcare Network website and Facebook page.
This project received grant funding from the Australian Government through the Preparing Australian Communities local stream.
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