Venturers start the footwork in new Bushfire Management approach

Venturers start the footwork in new Bushfire Management approach

Posted: 05 February 2016

With perfect timing, Sheldon Smith chose to undertake his queen scout environment badge just as the new Bushfire Management Strategy for Wodonga's environmental lands was being finalised last year.

When Sheldon approached Parklands to help him design and lead an environmental project this seemed a great match.

Along with members of the Wodonga and 1st Baranduda Venturers Groups, Sheldon went on to lead a community awareness campaign in high risk areas adjoining the environmental lands managed by Parklands. The campaign involved designing and distributing fliers on how residents can prepare for summer, consistent with the new Bushfire Management Strategy.

Wodonga's environmental lands are managed by the City of Wodonga and Parklands Albury Wodonga; each organisation having their own areas to care for. The new Strategy is a collaborative effort to ensure that both organisations follow the same risk based approach, use consistent fire management treatments and share the same vision for fire management in the environmental lands surrounding our city.

If you would like to know more about how Parklands treats the bush parks and reserves in terms of fire risk, please talk to us on 02 60236714 or email

This project implements recommendations from the Wodonga Environmental Lands Bushfire Management Strategy which was developed thanks to an Emergency Management Victoria grant (jointly funded from the Commonwealth Government and Victorian Government)