Landscape Planning Project

The Dandenong Ranges is one of the most beautiful places to live and visit but it also has a complex bushfire risk due to the intersection of public and private land, and population density. The Dandenong Ranges  Landscape Bushfire Project is a Victorian-first bushfire planning program designed to improve bushfire preparedness among the local community, government and fire agencies. The project is looking at existing gaps in fire management plans, while identifying short and long-term issues and priorities to improve bushfire safety.

The Dandenong Ranges Landscape Bushfire Project is reviewing a range of issues, including:

  • Public and private land management
  • Demographics and population;
  • Community planning and preparation; and
  • Understanding fire behaviour

The pilot program involves Emergency Management Victoria, with DEPI, Parks Victoria, CFA, Victoria Police, Vicroads, members of the local community and the Yarra Ranges, Cardinia, Casey and Knox councils.

A key outcome of the plan is to inform municipal and local fire management plans about how communities, agencies and Government can better prepare for bushfires and act when faced with a fire threat or when responding to fire.

Project updates

January 2013 (PDF 130kb)

April 2013 (PDF 156kb)

September 2013 (PDF 164 kb)

The Dandenong Ranges Landscape Bushfire Project Guide

This project guide has been developed to inform communities and all fire management planning participants about the project. The guide provides a whole-picture overview of the project and its context in Victoria.

Download the Dandenong Ranges Landscape project guide (PDF 9.4 MB)


The reports below have been produced by DEPI and Parks Victoria as part of their commitment to the Dandenong Ranges Bushfire Landscape Project and the safety of communities.  It should be understood that these are not the end, but a great start in development in these areas of bushfire management. They represent the best evidence-based thinking about fuel management and risk/hazards in the Dandenong Ranges.

Download both reports below

Understanding hazard and risk in the Dandenong Ranges  ( PDF 1.9 MB )
Fuel management in the Dandenong Ranges (PDF  1.7 MB)