It is November 2019 and New South Wales and Queensland are on fire. A North Warrandyte resident hears a media broadcast stating 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. Then COVID 19 closes down Melbourne. By August it’s clear that having a public meeting in Melbourne before the end of the year is unlikely. So, Bushfire Resilience Inc. is established, webinars are created and delivered during October and November 2020.
Bushfire Resilience Inc. is an independent community-led organisation that is not associated with, and does not promote the interests, of any other organisation or community group.
Bushfire Resilience Incorporated (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.
We provide carefully developed webinars that provide information about bushfire preparedness. Our webinar topics are practical, helpful and relevant.
The members of BRI live in bushfire prone localities in Victoria, mainly in the Shire of Nillumbik. Each person has a long association with activity concerning bushfire preparedness and community resilience. They have knowledge and experience. They want to help people.
Our community led group is providing unique information to households. We want to spur people to take action.
Our sponsors and supporters include the local Bendigo Bank Community Bank branches, a community company with a long history of support for CFA brigades and communities that have experienced major bushfires.
Our objectives are
BRI provides information to people living with bushfire risk. We have provided 15 free webinars across 2020, 2021 and 2022 in addition to a series of interviews with people affected by a major bushfire.
The topics we select are delivered by eminent subject-matter experts who provide thought-provoking, relevant, practical and evidence-based information. We want to raise awareness about risks while at the same time providing information that inspires people to take action. In addition to webinar recordings, a wide range of Bitesize content is available from our website.
The average webinar audience has grown, subscribers trebled in 2021 and increased by 65% in 2022 to 2,100 while 4,000 have watched a video or recording.
Our audience engagement model is robust. 62% of the audience responded with feedback in 2022.
BRI’s 15 webinars have been hugely popular. In 2022, 93% of viewers rated them very good or excellent, while 99% were very likely or likely to recommend them to others.
BRI has grown to become a trusted source of bushfire preparedness information.