The Scotsburn Leadership Group has been busy putting the finishing touches on a fantastic new initiative - their Fire Game, “Should I Stay or Should I Go Be Prepared”.
The game will be launched to local schools in the coming weeks.
The group was facilitated by Tim, from leadership company Leading Teams. It brought together members from the 2015 Scotsburn Fires in the form of Martine the jewellery-maker, Stephen the IT professional, Carol the nurse and marriage celebrant, Genie the support worker, Julia the teacher, Bianca the catchment management officer and photographer, Amy and Tam, two Scotsburn teenage students and Michelle and Cherie from Moorabool Shire Council.
The aim of the leadership program was to develop leadership skills and to enhance the resilience of the community. The group developed a project to produce a game that would be educational around fire safety and preparedness for the bushfire season.
Moorabool Mayor Cr Paul Tatchell congratulated the group on what they had achieved, the concept and development of the game and its unique artwork.
“The card photographs of the local area, pre and post fire are something that will be remembered by all who play this board game,” Cr Tatchell said.
Cr Tatchell said educating our primary school students in the district and across the state on fire preparedness will benefit many people, as children will share details of the game with their parents, family and friends.
Group member Carol Bond said: “This is a game that has local meaning and was developed by local people. It is empowering for young people and their families to develop resilience in preparing for bushfires and emergencies.
“As a group, we tapped into each other’s strengths and learnt more about the community”. Even though the leadership program has ended, the members are continuing as a community group called Accelerate Scotsburn.
The group wanted to acknowledge Surf Coast Shire, who had developed a different type of fire game which was used as inspiration in developing the Scotsburn Fire Game.