Status: In progress

On this page:

The project

The Building Resilience in a 'City in a Forest' is a Safer Together Program, led by the City of Greater Bendigo, the CFA and Bendigo Community Health Services.

The project aims to identify gaps and barriers to emergency preparedness, and develop resources to reach those most vulnerable. It is a community approach to emergency preparedness, and will identify what resources are missing, and identify achievable solutions and actions.

Opportunities to participate

There are currently no opportunities to participate in this project.


You can report a fire hazard to the City of Greater Bendigo online or by calling 1300 002 642.

More information

The CFA has information and templates for property owners and tenants to use. The Your Guide to Survival is a great place to start and includes information about:

  • fire behaviour and risks
  • preparing your property before summer
  • developing a plan to respond to increased fire risk and/or an incident in the area
  • the three levels of emergency warnings

Further information:

Types of information available include:

Advice: General information to keep you up to date

Watch & Act: For when an emergency threatens you. Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect your health, life and your family

Emergency Warning: When you are in imminent danger and need to take action immediately. You will be impacted by the emergency. This includes information for preparing an emergency management kit that can be grabbed quickly in an emergency, or part of your leave early planning.

It is also very important to install and maintain smoke alarms in your home. The CFA recommends having working smoke alarms in all bedrooms and living areas. Tests should be performed monthly and batteries replaced every year. If the smoke alarm is greater than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a new unit that has a lithium battery with a 10 year lifespan.

Despite regulations and education, only 45 percent of properties attended by fire services have smoke alarms. Of these properties, almost a third were not working. For more information on smoke alarms visit the CFA Website.

Further information:

Consider taking shelter from the radiant heat by going to the nearest Bushfire Place of Last Resort (Neighbourhood Safer Place).

The City of Greater Bendigo has 11 designated locations across our jurisdiction, these are listed on the City of Greater Bendigo website and signs are erected at each location.

The CFA also maintains a list of all local government areas on the CFA website, this is useful if you are located in another council area. If you cannot safely get to a Bushfire Place of Last Report, then consider:

  • parking your car in a clear area
  • moving to a ploughed paddock or reserve
  • moving to a large body of water.

Note: A Bushfire Place of Last Resort should only be used as a last resort, these locations are not staffed and do not guarantee survival. Furthermore there could be serious risks attempting to travel to these locations. Always consider all the situational information and make your own personal judgement about the best place to shelter in the presence of a bushfire.

Further information:

Refer to the CFA website for what activities you can do. Some activities will require a permit, you can apply for one from Fire Permits Victoria.

For permits outside the Fire Danger Period, you must apply for a permit for an open air burn through the City, more information and links to the application can be found on the City of Greater Bendigo website

Further information:



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Workshops with Refugee community

    May 2023

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Engagement with communities living in high risk areas

    May 2023

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Community Survey

    May - July 31, 2023

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Disability Inclusive Emergency Planning Forum

    June 15, 2023

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Community workshop

    June 24, 2023

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Get Techy, Get Ready workshops

    Book a workshop between July - November 2023

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Project Stage 2 - Targeted stakeholder engagement with Marong, Maiden Gully and Heathcote community

    August - November

  • Timeline item 8 - incomplete

    Stage 2 - resource development

    Early 2024

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about this project, contact us below:

Name Resilient Communities Team
Phone 1300 002 642