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About Us

Who we are

Bushfire Resilience Inc. is an independent organisation that is not associated with, and does not promote the interests, of any other organisation or community group.

BRI is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association that complies with the requirements of Consumer Affairs Victoria. The purpose of the association is to facilitate the provision of information about bushfires to the community.

The members of BRI live in the Shire of Nillumbik and have personal experience of preparing for bushfire, fighting fires or defending their homes and rebuilding after bushfire. They have knowledge and experience. They want to help people.

Our sponsors and supporters include Valley Community Financial Services Limited, the community company which operates five Bendigo Bank Community Bank Branches in Nillumbik; the County Fire Authority (CFA); Safer Together; Nillumbik Shire Council; Diamond Creek Rotary and Davey.

Why we started

It is November 2019. New South Wales and Queensland are on fire. A North Warrandyte resident hears a media broadcast - 30% of the affected people have no insurance and 30% are under insured.
A small group organise a public meeting in Panton Hill for late March 2020 to discuss insurance and other bushfire related matters. COVID 19 closes down Melbourne. By August it becomes apparent that having any public meeting in Melbourne before the end of the year is unlikely.
Bushfire Resilience Inc. is established, webinars created and delivered during October and November.

Our objectives

Our aim is to provide bushfire information to households based on science, experience and best practice. This will enable households to acquire knowledge, and by being better informed, empower them to make better decisions in preparing for, and responding to the threat of bushfire.

Create best practice webinars that include quality topics that are practical, helpful and relevant. Our webinars involve the best presenters and panel members in Australia and include a robust audience engagement.

The 2020 Webinar Series

BRI developed and delivered a comprehensive and sophisticated project to deliver five free community webinars focussed on bushfire preparedness.

Despite the BRI team having severe time constraints to implement a vigorous marketing campaign, the webinars attracted a large number of registrations and audience.

The audience responded positively to the robust engagement initiatives:

  • 89% of the audience rated the Question and Answer sessions as Excellent or Very Good.
  • 95 % of the audience rated the overall sessions as Excellent or Very Good.
  • 96% responded that the information was relevant for them.
  • 98% said they were Very Likely or Likely to participate in future events.

2020 Webinar Recordings

W1 How houses are destroyed by bushfire
W2 How to harden an existing house

W3 Getting your insurance right
W4 Understanding rebuilding

W5 Make better decisions about bushfire risk in our changing climate

Sponsored by
Hurstbridge & Eltham Community Bank Branches
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