Strathbogie Shire Council

Tel 24/7: 1800 065 993

Bushfires and Housefires

Prepare Act Survive


We want to make sure our residents and visitors across the Shire are safe from fire this fire season. 
The CFA website has a lot of information to help you to prepare and know the do's and dont's.

Strathbogie Shire is in the Northern Country District. 

Any queries relating to fire prevention and fire safety may be directed to the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning the Council office on 1800 065 993 

In an emergency please call 000 for immediate assistance.

 


Relief centres

In the event of a bushfire, relief centres will be set up to assist people who have been displaced or need assistance. 

In emergencies, situations can change rapidly. We use our Facebook page to communicate updates in a timely manner. Our relief centre location will be shared there and with the media. 

Follow our page to keep up to date with the latest Council news

https://www.facebook.com/strathbogieshirecouncil


Road closures

The VicRoads website has up-to-date information in relation to road closures.
Emergencies can quickly result in the closure of roads - before you travel, ensure your route is clear.

Use multiple sources to stay informed.


Bushfire Places of Last Resort

Bushfire Places of Last Resort (BPLR) should only be used if a resident’s Bushfire Survival Plan fails and residents have no other place for shelter. 

Neighbourhood Safer Places should not be considered as places to relocate to when leaving early. Safety and survival cannot be guaranteed at these sites as support services will not be provided and these locations will offer minimum protection against radiant heat and embers.

Welfare facilities will not be made available and the place may not provide shelter from smoke and embers.
 
BPLR have a number of limitations:

  • They have limited capacity and provide no guarantee of safety;
  • They do not cater for animals;
  • There is no expectation that emergency services will be present;
  • They do not provide meals, amenity or cater for special needs (e.g. Infants, the elderly, the ill or the disabled);
  • They may not provide shelter from the elements, particularly flying embers;
  • There are risks to people during access, shelter during passage of the fire front and egress from the Neighbourhood Safer Place.
  • They are NOT a Fire Refuge, Relief Centre, Recovery Centre, Assembly Area, or informal Places of Shelter, each of which has a different and specific purpose.

 Locations

To date there are seven Bushfire Places of Last Resort designated for Strathbogie Shire, as follows:

  • Avenel Recreation, Reserve Pavilion, 33A Anderson Street, Avenel
  • Euroa, Kirkland Avenue between Clifton Street and Bury Street
  • Longwood Community Centre, 2A Down Street, Longwood
  • Mangalore Airport, 331 Aerodome Road, Mangalore VIC
  • Nagambie Regatta Centre, Loddings Lane (Off Vickers Road) Nagambie
  • Ruffy Recreation Reserve, "Maygar Park", 36 Noye Lane, Ruffy
  • Strathbogie Golf Club House, 17 Armstrong Steet, Strathbogie
  • Violet Town Recreation Reserve Pavilion, 2 Tulip Street, Violet Town

For more information on Strathbogie Shire Council plans, policies, strategies and reports relating to Emergency Management click here.


Injured wildlife

The care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife must be referred to an authorised wildlife shelter or foster carer, wildlife rehabilitation organisation or veterinarian.

The Help for Injured Wildlife tool will help you locate and contact the closest relevant wildlife carers and rescue and rehabilitation organisations to help the injured wildlife.

Other handy information is available at https://www.wildlife.vic.gov.au/sick-injured-or-orphaned-wildlife/sick-injured-or-orphaned-wildlife

 


Register.Find.Reunite

Register.Find.Reunite is a service that registers, finds and reunites family, friends and loved ones after an emergency. If you choose to leave, please register online, or at a relief centre.

Use 'Register' to let people know you are safe. Use 'Find' to look for people you know may be affected by an emergency. 'Reunite' is a matching process that can connect family, friends and loved ones.


Financial assistance

For individuals: There are currently various forms of financial assistance being made available. You can find out more by clicking here   http://emergency.vic.gov.au/relief-and-recovery/924

People who lost their homes in a bushfire may be eligible for an emergency grant of $5000. Visit redcross.org.au/grants and register your contact details.

Other: Information will be provided here once Council receives notification of grants and assistance available.

The Australian Banking Association is encouraging individuals and businesses suffering from financial hardship due to bushfires to contact their banking institution to receive assistance in the form of deferred loan payments, waived fees and bank charges, assistance with debt and more. For more information, call your bank today or find your bank’s hardship team by clicking here

 


Environmental impact

Air quality: For details of air quality in the shire, go to https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/for-community/monitoring-your-environment/about-epa-airwatch

Water recreation: Water from rivers and creeks impacted by fire is likely to contain pathogens and chemicals. For example, firefighting activities will lead to run-off of chemicals from surrounding land;  animals will seek protection near water and will contaminate the water when defecating, or worse, dying and decomposing.

As a consequence, you should immediately stop using that water for drinking, washing (including brushing teeth), preparing food and for any primary contact recreation.

Advice on using masks: Not everyone should use a mask to avoid smoke. You can find out more by clicking here

 


Volunteering

It’s the Australian way to lend a hand in times of trouble, but in the aftermath of a natural disaster it is important to remember that the best thing people can do is stay away from affected areas.

In the first instance, trained emergency services personnel will be busy responding to immediate threats, assessing damage and deciding on the best course of relief action.  Clean-up and recovery processes are often long and complex, and will take place over the weeks and months that follow.

Read Volunteering in an emergency for more information on how you can help.

 


Fact sheets

There are a number of fact sheets which may help you. They are available in various languages.

For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on free call 131 450.


Useful links

Department of Health and Human Services

Emergency Vic:


Accessibility

The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.

To access information in other languages call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.



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