Bushfire Ready Resources

When she was 12-years old, Jemille McKenzie escaped the worst of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires thanks to her mother’s vigilance, something she’s never forgotten. Now 24, she’s determined to ensure other young people living in regional Victoria, as well as people living with a disability, stay safe by knowing how to reduce their risk of being caught in a bushfire.

Jemille has developed a bushfire response resource in consultation with – and specifically tailored for – these two groups. It features clear, concise information to help them understand the risks and develop a fire plan, and is available in multiple formats, from easy-to-access fridge magnets to a braille version for the vision impaired.

Jemille is now in discussions with relevant stakeholders for the resource to be distributed throughout regional Victoria.

Objectives

We acknowledge and respect Victorian Traditional Owners as the original custodians of Victoria’s land and waters, their unique ability to care for Country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices. We are committed to enabling self-determination for all Aboriginal people and aim to work closely with the Aboriginal community to drive action and improve outcomes especially in the context of a changing climate.

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