It is November 2019 and New South Wales and Queensland are on fire. Media broadcasts state 30% of the affected people have no insurance and 30% are under insured.
In fire prone Nillumbik Shire, on Melbourne’s northern fringe a small group organise a public meeting 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, five webinars are created and delivered during October and November 2020.
Bushfire Resilience Inc. is an independent community-led organization 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.
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, which have a long history of support for CFA brigades and communities that have experienced major bushfires.
BRI provides information to people living with bushfire risk. We provided ten free webinars across 2020 and 2021, with another series planned for 2022.
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.
In 2021 the average webinar audience doubled to 206, registrants trebled and to date almost 2,600 have watched a video or recording.
Our audience engagement model is robust. 60% of the audience responded with feedback. BRI’s ten webinars were hugely popular - 91% of viewers rated them very good or excellent, while 100% would recommend them to others.
BRI has grown to become a trusted source of bushfire preparedness information.
Our objective is to provide high-quality, evidence-based, cost-free, best practice bushfire knowledge to people living with bushfire risk.