What you will find on this page: what is the network; network purpose; disclaimerclusters formed for 2017/18 fire season; information session details; contacts for more information; community support for network. (links in blue)  

NOTICE! Cluster information sessions have now been organised for this coming season, so watch your letterbox if you are in a cluster. Don’t know if you are in a cluster area? Go here to check. 

Keep up to date by joining us on the Network’s Facebook Page here

Brown Hill Community FireAware Network 

Did you know that Brown Hill is in a Bushfire Prone Area?

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17 August 2018, The Conversation, Drought, wind and heat: when fire seasons start earlier and last longer. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service declared the earliest total fire bans in its history this week. The entire state was declared to be in drought on the same day. The combination of winter drought and hot, dry weather has made dangerous fires increasingly likely. Already this week two fires on the south coast have escaped containment lines and destroyed houses. The weather during these fires was 6℃ warmer than the August average, dry and extremely windy. The wind speed peaked at 104 kilometres an hour in Bega and 85km/h in Nowra, two towns close to where fires broke out. Under these conditions, bushfires will spread quickly, produce large numbers of embers and are hard to stop. Our fire seasons now start earlier and last longer. This means we’re increasingly likely to see repeats of historically large fires threatening residential areas. Read more here

CFA Chief Fire Officer message for the 2018 Fire Season


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Bushfire Attack Levels (BAL)  for buildings in Fire Prone Areas

 

 

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What are Bushfire Prone Areas? Bushfire Prone Areas are areas that are subject to or likely to be subject to bushfires. To view the Bushfire Prone Area of Brown Hill access the link here. Source: Visualising Ballarat. 

Bushfire protection and my property: This is the main Vic DELWP site  You can get your own property report from this page in regard to planning overlays. A Guide to retrofit your home for better protection from a bushfire: This guide, among other things provides a simple table that outlines low /moderate and high cost alternatives and sets out different requirements for the BAL ratings. A Guide to Windows and Doors in Bushfire Prone AreasAnother more detailed guide for windows and doors. FAQs – Bushfire Prone Planning – BAL Assessments. Even though this site relates to WA I found the information provided  quite useful. Contact City of Ballarat for more specific details on 5320 5500

Also refer to the following FireAware Network pages:

 

What is the Brown Hill Community FireAware Network?


Penny enhancedThe network consists of “walkable” Neighbourhood Clusters, spread across the suburb of Brown Hill – a priority being the households/streets on the urban-rural interface of Brown Hill along the Yarrowee River and the growing number of subdivisions of Brown Hill north of the freeway, all located within the designated Bushfire Prone Area. 

(Penny Platypus is the mascot for the Network – learn more about Penny here)

 

 

What is the purpose of a cluster?

  • to provide a yearly reminder of the need to prepare for the fire season;
  • to present in a variety of ways information that is relevant to a specific neighbourhood;
  • to highlight that it is everyone’s responsibility to be aware and prepared to act in a fire event impacting on their community or a community nearby;
  • to encourage in households the “habit” of preparation

 

Disclaimer

Please note the information provided through the information sessions and web pages is not for the purpose of giving specific advice. The information is offered in good faith for those wishing to know more about the potential risk to their community and wanting to take responsibility for their own informed decisions.  The information and material offered is freely available from a number of sources, primarily fire/emergency services sites such as CFA and other State emergency services and research institutions.

 

Clusters for the 2018/19 fire season

There are four neighbourhood clusters for the pre-fire season of 2017/18. Access more details here

Two north of the freeway

  • Coorabin Estate (covering approximately 70 households)
  • Janson Rd & Stringybark Dr (approx. 40 households)

 

Two south of the freeway

  • Russell Sq & Lane St (approx 200 households)
  • Finlay St Sth & Bradbury St (approx 70 households)

 

Information sessions available through clusters

Penny Platypus for webClusters offer information sessions to their cluster residents specifically tailored to their location:

Sessions can cover a range of topics, for example:

Presentation of the risk of a fire event impacting on the community of Brown Hill and in particular the neighbourhood cluster involved:

  • Myths relating to fire and household safety;
  • Reality of urban fire risk highlighting ember attacks – varying intensity & duration;
  • Overview of Brown Hill community risk; 
  • Specific risks to the cluster location;
  • What it is like to be near a bushfire

 

Preparing household and property prior to the fire season:

  • Fire weather awareness – Fire Danger Ratings;
  • Review of high and low risk within the cluster (direct and indirect impact);
  • Overview of preparation required for both levels;
  • Basics for pre-season property preparation;
  • Basics for household bushfire plans

 

Wanting more information about the Network?

NETWORK CONTACT: Hazen – hmc433@hotmail.com 

CLUSTER CONTACTS details access here

 

What community support is there for the Network?

The following have offered their support to the Network in a variety of ways as a means to help raise the awareness of residents of Brown Hill of the bushfire risk to the urban interface and assist them in preparing for such an event:

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Brown Hill Progress Association

 

Country Fire Authority (Ballarat local office)

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City of Ballarat

 

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Dr Kevin Tolhurst (Tolhurst Bushfire Services)

In 2015 Kevin was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to science through land and bushfire management, and to the community through providing expert advice at fire emergencies.  He works and lives in Creswick and therefore has a wealth of knowledge of our local area. Refer: Predicting the path of bushfires

Gary Morgan       AM AFSM; Principal Consultant; Global Wildland Fire Management Services

Gary Morgan former Bushfire CRC CEO was recognised for his significant service to the community with an Australia Day honour in 2018, Becoming a member of the Order of Australia (AM). Gary was awarded this honour for his significant service to the community through emergency response organisations, and to forest and fire research and management. He has spent more than 20 years in senior land and fire management roles. As Victoria’s Chief Fire Officer for public lands, for nine years, he was responsible for the management and deployment of fire suppression personnel. He became the CEO of the Bushfire CRC in mid-2007. He is a long time resident f Ballarat. 

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  • Penny Platypus

 

Penny Platypus photoPenny is the Network’s mascot, who is a very large platypus, a long time resident of the Yarrowee and was created to promote the “Ballarat’ Regional Conservation Strategy” in the early 1990’s. Penny has come out of retirement to put her name to and support the network. Many thanks to her creator Leanne Westblade (1991).