40 people attended a Community Fire Information event at the Sorrento Community Centre on Saturday 22nd October from 11 am – 1pm. Information stalls were held by the Nepean Conservation Group, the Nepean Historical Society, SPIFFA (Southern Peninsula Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association), the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and the CFA.
The Shire provided a free BBQ lunch for all participants. Ursula de Jong, President of the NCG welcomed those present and opened the formal meeting. Ursula explained the reason for holding this meeting prior to the commencement of the fire season: it gave the community time to consider the local environment in a considered way, in order to reduce the fire risk and NOT destroy the ecology. The vegetation on the Nepean Peninsula is integral to the values of place, and so it is critical that we all understand the vegetation and its predictive behaviour should we be threatened by fire. None of the agencies, nor the few volunteers of the Friends Groups could undertake the task of clearing all weeds and undergrowth on the Peninsula – it is a task that requires a whole of community response.