THE Denmark Shire council is running a series of workshops this month and next to help residents gain the skills and confidence to better prepare themselves and their properties for a bushfire emergency.
The first workshop, on October 17, showed participants how to create safer and more resilient properties in the face of ongoing threat of fire and climate change, and covered property layout and design, landscaping, building design, retrofitting and biodiversity.
Guest speakers Mike and Mandy Bamford discussed dieback and fire ecology, and The Forever Project’s Chris Ferreira spoke about making properties firewise and sustainable, as well as beautiful.
The second workshop, on November 2, is a three-hour bus tour during which participants will see real-life examples of fire-safe designs and meet people who are making their homes and properties more fire-resilient.
Strategies that demonstrate fire-safe designs for homes, gardens, bushland and farming areas will be discussed, as well as the steps you can take to be better prepared this bushfire season.
A visit to a fuel reduction burning site will demonstrate strategies used to manage fuel loads and biodiversity, and a local nursery visit will shed light on fire-resilient plants to use near the home.
The third, combination workshop, on November 3 and 23, will cover both property planning and bushfire safety planning.
Participants will create a property plan map and a visual bushfire survival plan for their properties.
Numbers are limited, so booking is essential – email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9848 0300.