Spreading the fire-ready message: play The Fire Game now

10 April 2017

Surf Coast Shire residents and visitors can play the award-winning The Fire Game, which has been distributed to various locations across the region for the first time. 

The fun, innovative and interactive board game is available to be played and borrowed from:

  • Lorne Visitor Information Centre.
  • Torquay Library and the Bellarine & Surf Coast Mobile Library, which services Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Deans Marsh, Lorne and Winchelsea.
  • Anglesea, Deans Marsh, Lorne, Spring Creek and Winchelsea community houses.

Surf Coast Shire Council Mayor Brian McKiterick said it was exciting to see The Fire Game rolled out to communities.

“The game is inspired by local towns, so it’s great that our local residents and visitors now have the opportunity to play,” he said.

“We encourage people to have a go at the game, as it supports people to plan ahead, adapt and be better prepared to make decisions under pressure, in the event of a bushfire affecting their area.”

Last week the CFA declared that the Fire Danger Period for Surf Coast Shire would end Monday 10 April 2017.

"While the end of the Fire Danger Period means conditions indicate a decreased fire risk in the Surf Coast Shire, it’s still important that people are fire ready all-year round,” Cr McKiterick said.

“By playing the game during autumn and winter, people can prepare for the next Fire Danger Period.”

Council will offer Surf Coast Shire schools, fire brigades and community groups copies of The Fire Game, with the game to be distributed in stages.

The board game has been recognised with three major awards – a Fire Awareness Award, International Association for Public Participation Core Values Award and LGPro Award for Excellence.

The Fire Game was produced with Victorian Government funding.