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Goongerah-Deddick Update 18/2/14

By: Martha Johnson

Category: Community Safety

  12.49 PM 18 February, 2014

Location: District 9 News, District 10 News, District 11 News

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Everyone should stay aware of their local weather conditions and have a bushfire survival plan ready. Existing fires are still being controlled and conditions could change quickly.

While the cooler and calmer weather conditions have significantly slowed the fire spread, there remains some active fire areas both at the edges and further back from control lines.

Backburning operations commenced last week, particularly around Goongerah and south of Deddick, Tubbut and Bonang, with some very good results.

The plan for this week is to continue direct attack (application of water and foam on the fire), and backburning to contain the fire using fuel reduced areas. Firefighters will also be strengthening control lines, or mineral earth breaks.

The focus remains on fire fighter and community safety; therefore many roads in the fire affected areas remain closed until such time as they are considered safe. Roads will be opened for affected residents around the fire as safety work is completed.


The following roads are now open:

  • McKillops Road from McKillops Bridge to Bonang
  • Dellicknora Road
  • Bonang Road north of Bonang to Delegate River.



The Bonang Road north of Goongerah to Bonang, and south to Orbost remains closed. A Traffic Management Point is located at Rising Sun Road, Bonang and is open only to emergency services personnel.


  • Remain cautious of hazardous trees.
  • When driving in smokey conditions, slow down, use your headlights and maintain adequate distance between you and other vehicles.
  • There will be many firefighting vehicles and heavy machinery using main and local roads near fire affected areas. Limit your driving to essential activities to ensure roads are as clear as possible for emergency vehicles and crews to continue their work.
  • If you are experiencing smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call Nurse-on-Call on 1300 606 024.
  • If you see injured wildlife, please call Wildlife Victoria on 1300 094 535.
  • Drive with care as there could be wildlife or stock wandering on roads. Farmers may also be
  • transporting stock, so watch out for stock trucks.
  • Remember where applicable only emergency service vehicles are allowed to drive past or around
  • “Road Closed” signs. They are put there for public safety and to reduce traffic in a dangerous area.
  • Updated information on road closures is available via 13 11 70 or the VicRoads website 


The Tubbut Primary School, Goongerah Primary School and Early Childhood Centre are closed until further notice due to road closures.



  • Errinundra National Park
  • Lind National Park
  • Snowy River National Park
  • Alpine National Park below Willis to McKillops.

Information about park and forest closures, including forest roads and tracks can be found at:



It is important for residents in fire affected areas, or in areas where ash may have fallen on roofs, to ensure that all rainwater from the first good rainfall event is not collected as this may be contaminated by ash.

The most effective way to prevent contamination of your water tank is to disconnect the down pipes to your tanks before it rains. Reconnect downpipes once the roof has been cleaned post bushfire (either manually or after a good flush of rain). Water testing is not necessary as contamination is usually obvious. If your water has changed in taste, colour or smell, then it should not be used for drinking or food preparation. Water that is not suitable for drinking can still be used on the garden.

You should not source water from a creek or river that has been affected by bushfire as the water may be contaminated. Your animals also need clean water to drink. Please refer to the Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria website for further information


Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667. Callers with hearing or speech

impairment can contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.


Facebook ( or Twitter (Twitter @CFA_Updates).
Local ABC Radio: 828AM 97.1FM 104.9FM 106.1FM
TRFM Commercial Radio: 99.9FM
Gold 1242: 1242AM

Check for the latest warnings and advice messages at


East Gippsland Shire Recovery Line on 1800 100 298.

Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria on 1300 799 232 or visit

Fodder drops have been made by the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) at Bonang and Deddick and is available for qualifying farmers. Call the VFF on 1300 882 833, available 24/7, for more information.

DEPI can assist farmers with recovery after fire including urgent animal welfare needs, livestock

management, pasture re-establishment and more. Contact DEPI on 136 186 or visit

The Department of Human Services (DHS) offers useful recovery information including the references: After the Fires: Practical Advice and The BushfireRecovery Guide to Services; visit



The impact of an emergency such as a bushfire can be stressful and exhausting. People are encouraged to look after themselves in this period. People who readily use formal and informal support from family, friends or other support organisations are generally found to recover better from stressful situations. People affected by an incident are encouraged to make use of GPs, clergy, 24 hour telephone help lines, or specialist counselling and support services available. Talking it over with others often helps recovery from exposure to traumatic events – prevention is better than cure.



Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636 or

Mensline Australia on 1300 789 978, available 24/7.

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

Parentline on 13 22 89.



Nurse-on-Call on 1300 60 60 24, available 24/7. This is a phone service that allows you to discuss any health related issue with a registered nurse for the cost of a local call from anywhere in Victoria.

For information on how smoke from bushfires can affect your health, and emergency assistance

availability, visit the DHS website:

Red Cross Registration on 1800 727 077 or visit


For more information about the Far East Gippsland fires call: Orbost Incident Control Centre on (03) 5161 1318

Content from: Goongerah-Deddick Trail Fire community Information Newsletter #2

Last Updated: 18 February 2014