Council's role in fire management and planning

The Surf Coast Fire Management Plan outlines how Council, fire agencies and other relevant authorities and organisations will work together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from major fires in the Surf Coast.

The Plan is a sub-plan of the Shire’s Municipal Emergency Management Plan and reflects the State Government’s direction to increase integration on fire management planning between agencies and the community.

Council has an ongoing fire fuel reduction program involving property owners in targeted high-risk areas and focusing on removing woody weeds. This work complements state government fuel reduction works in our national and state parks.

Council's fire preparation works include the following:

  • Inspecting properties across the municipality
  • Issuing Fire Prevention Notices to landowners
  • Rural roadside slashing program
  • Fire preparation for council reserves
  • Community education
  • Updating Emergency Management and Fire Readiness Plans
  • Working with VicRoads on woody weed removal on sections of the Great Ocean Road

Fuel reduction program

Parts of the Surf Coast Shire experience some of the highest bushfire risks in the world. Reducing fuel loads on all properties is vital in reducing the risk to your home and community. Surf Coast Shire Council is working with the Country Fire Authority (CFA), the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria to reduce fuel loads in strategically important areas.

To help land owners in these strategically important areas, Council conducts fuel reduction programs focusing on reducing fuel loads and increasing community awareness.

Thanks to the participation of the residents, the fuel reduction program has removed in excess of 970 cubic metres of woody weeds across Anglesea, Moggs Creek, Fairhaven, Aireys Inlet and Lorne.

For further information on the program please contact the Community Fire Safety and Environment Officers on 5261 0600.

Want to be notified of planned burn ignitions in your local area?

Sign up to the Planned Burn Notification System to be notified in advance of planned burns. Go to For more information on planned burns in your area you can also download the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning factsheets for AngleseaAireys Inlet/Fairhaven/Moggs Creek or Lorne.

Rural roadside slashing program

As a fire prevention measure, Council conducts an annual rural roadside slashing program. The contractors, using four slashers, begin in the northern parts of the Shire (Winchelsea area and in the Barrabool Hills) and work their way south to the coast. Council will assess regrowth on its roadsides in January to determine if further slashing works are required. Contact Council’s Customer Service Team on 5261 0600 if you have any questions about the program.

State and National Parks

Responsibility for the management of State and National Parks rests with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

See the tables below for links to relevant documents and external websites.