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Award Winning Fire-Ed Up Program

A group of students in front of a fire truck

Fire-Ed Up is one of two Central Coast Council projects honoured with wins at the NSW Local Government Professionals Australia Awards held in Sydney earlier this month.

Council’s ‘Fire-Ed Up: Bushfire Resilience Program’ was recognised in the Community Development category.

Fire-Ed Up was developed by Council in collaboration with Central Coast Academy of STEM Excellence (CCASE) and Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre (EEC) – to build resilience in young people by increasing their bushfire knowledge, to improve wellbeing.

The hands-on program for stage 3 (years 5 and 6) prepares students, their families, and community for the risk of bushfires, integrating with the existing school curriculum. Delivered to 1300 students across 12 schools so far, 71.4% of participants reported they felt less worried about bushfires after taking part.