Release of 2018 South West Fires Community Report

13 January 2020

The 2018 South West fires had a significant impact on the communities across the local government areas of Corangamite Shire Council, Moyne Shire Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council, Colac - Otway Shire Council and Warrnambool City Council. The fires impacted lifestyles, livestock and livelihoods, and caused considerable economic and social upheaval in those communities.

The purpose of the 2018 South West Fires Community Report is to communicate the key lessons that have been identified from the fires, including what worked well and areas for improvement, and examples of improvements that have occurred since the fires.

The report describes a range of areas that worked well during the fires, including community engagement, community cohesion, efforts of agencies and community health assessments.  The report also identifies areas for improvement, including public information, community preparedness, terminology, traffic management and impact assessment. The report has captured feedback directly from the community and areas of ongoing concern include perceived fire risks associated with vegetation management, roadside vegetation, and power distribution systems. 

In the time since the fires, many communities, organisations and councils have undertaken significant work to address the outcomes of this event and the community feedback, including areas to sustain and improve. The Report also summarises this work, as well as outlining some areas that require further attention.

To read the report visit the Publications Page (External link).

For more information about all aspects of the recovery from this fire visit the VicEmergency website (External link).