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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Emergency Services

3AM REPORT: Boulders on Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd

3AM TUESDAY: There are reports of boulders on the roadway of Heidelberg-Kinglake Road, between St Andrews and Kinglake. Authorities are said to have notified.

TV: Fire crews in ‘burnover’

Local Paper readers will know that our son-in-law, Paul Bryant (ex-Eildon and ex-Alexandra High School) is a volunteer RFS captain in NSW. He will hate us drawing attention to his own selfless work (and that of his teams), over the past two months. But the community needs the opportunity to applaud and salute these incredible

Face masks distributed at Bonnie Doon

Bonnie Doon Fire Brigade advises that P2 face masks have been distributed in at the Community Centre, Metro Service Station, Bonnie Doon Post Office and also at Oasis. Anyone with asthma or feeling the effects of the smoke in the district are welcome to pick up some masks at these points.

Bushfire emotional impacts concern Red Cross

Red Cross is urging everyone to be aware of the psychological and emotional impacts of this summer’s unprecedented bushfires, which have reached beyond the fire front to impact the lives of all Australians. “Immediately after a disaster, people may experience a range of thoughts and emotions, like numbness, fear, anger, helplessness and frustration. These are

Therapists welcome $76m for mental health

Occupational Therapy Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of significant new investment in mental health support for those affected by the national bushfire disaster. OTA president, Associate Professor Carol McKinstry said the announcement on the weekend of an initial $76 million investment in additional mental health services for firefighters, emergency personnel, individuals and communities

Tributes flow after latest bushfire casualty

The South Gippsland Sentinel-Times newspaper has published this tribute following the most recent death in Australia’s bushfire crisis: There has been an outpouring of emotion after the death of Parks Victoria firefighter and long-serving staff member, Bill Slade of Bass, at the weekend. Among the thousands of social media messages posted at the weekend, these

Church backs bushfire assistance projects

St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Alexandra, is supporting relief for bushfire victims. Robert Chaffe, Chairman of the Church Council, says support is being given to the Rotary Club of Alexandra’s relief fund. The church is also supporting the Emergency Fencing Project, part of the mission of the Benalla Uniting Church congregation. The Uniting Church, in conjunction

$76m for mental health in bushfire communities

An initial $76 million is being provided for mental health support in bushfire-hit communities. David Littleproud, Federal Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, has welcomed the announcement. The extra services are available immediately to firefighters, emergency personnel and individuals facing the fires and recovering in the aftermath. Mr Littleproud said the package was part

Tree down at Fernshaw

Emergency Victoria reports that a tree is down on the Maroondah Hwy,. between Fernshaw and Dom Dom Saddle. The report was made in the last few minutes of Thursday (Jan. 9). One emergency unit is responding to the incident

Concern for Friday. Precautions needed for high-risk days.

Agriculture Victoria is urging livestock owners to enact their fire plans ahead of a high-risk fire day expected tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 10). State Agriculture Relief Commander Sharyn Williams said livestock owners would need to locate evacuation routes, decide which animals to evacuate, have an emergency medical kit and identify emergency accommodation for animals. “We have

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