2019/2020 Victorian Bushfire Emergency

How you can help those in need:

We’d like to thank our generous community members, local businesses, sporting clubs and community groups for their generous offers of support for the Mallacoota evacuations and bushfire relief.

At this stage we're supporting state government agencies by providing support with the Emergency Relief Centres and the state government emergency agencies do not require additional support by way of goods or accommodation.

Today, it's important that residents avoid the area around the HMAS Cerberus and the Port of Hastings, as well as observe traffic management. The evacuees will be tired and it's important we get them transported to friends and family as quickly as possible.

We have been advised at this stage concerned residents should support bushfire affected Victorians by donating money to:

Victorian Bushfire Appeal

The Victorian Government has also just  launched a new fund dedicated to helping Victorians impacted by the recent and devastating bushfires.

Established in partnership with the Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation and the Salvation Army, the new Victorian Bushfire Appeal will provide practical support as these Victorians begin to rebuild their lives.

The use of funds will help to meet the most urgent needs of local families – covering the cost of everything from a grocery shop to replacing school uniforms.

The Appeal will also help address the most immediate priorities of communities, including the rescue and rehabilitation of local wildlife.

Victorians wanting to make their own donations can do so, by visiting vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal

Community Information - Air Quality (Smoke)

Vic Emergency have issued a Community Information notice for air quality.

Everyone should minimise the time spent in smoky conditions whenever practical to do so.

For further information please visit the Vic Emergency website.

Community Information - Private Water Supply

Private drinking water supplies could be contaminated from debris, ash, animals, aerial fire retardants and water bombing.

If the water tastes, looks or smells unusual - do not drink, use for food preparation, brushing teeth or give to animals (pets or live stock).

The link below provides a range of information and actions to protect private drinking water supply to ensure it is not affected by a bush fire event.  

betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/bushfires-and-water-tanks

How you can prepare yourself for the fire season and the hot weather

Taking steps to get prepared means you know what to do when you’re at risk of fire. It’s important to prepare your property for fire, but you also need to be aware of heat health. 

To learn about: 

  • the fire danger period
  • how to prepare for the summer heat
  • fire prevention on private property 
  • bushfire places of last resort 
  • and more 

Visit our Fire and Emergency page on our website.