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Latrobe Valley mine fires 21/2/14
A letterbox drop, targeting southern Morwell and other key locations, is underway to provide residents key information about the Hazelwood open cut mine and where to go for more advice.
Incident Controller Bob Barry said community and firefighter health and safety is the prime consideration and that it is important to get information to people who need it.
“This letterbox drop - which delivers a full package of information - is just one of the ways in which we’re providing the community with information about the Hazelwood open cut mine fire and possible health impacts,” he said.
Mr Barry confirmed that management of the Yallourn open cut mine fire had now been transferred back to the mine staff saying it no longer presented a risk. Management of the Hazelwood open cut mine fire remains with CFA as the control agency.
Other community information initiatives are in place for Morwell and surrounds. These include:
The Moe Town Hall respite centre in Albert Street is open daily from 9am to 7pm for anyone needing respite from the smoky conditions near the mine.
- A static CFA information bus will be in Elgin Street between Tarwin Street and Chapel Street near the Morwell Coles from until 5pm today.
- A Community Health Assessment Centre is open daily from 8am to 8pm at Ambulance Victoria Gippsland Regional Office, 2 Saskia Way in Morwell, next to the Mid-Valley Shopping Centre. Centre staff will be looking at blood pressure, heart rate and some basic respiratory functions. Anyone needing medical care will be referred to their own doctor or the Latrobe Regional Hospital.
- Mobile information points will be at the following locations:
Rosedale Prince Street Reserve, 3pm – 4pm
Toongabbie Mechanics Institute, 5pm – 5.45pm
Morwell Bowls Club, 5pm – 7pm
Churchill Fire Station, 6.15pm
“Overnight we saw increased fire activity at Hazelwood mine which was dealt with swiftly and efficiently but we do expect levels of smoke in and around the Latrobe Valley to rise and fall so people should be alert for the latest information,” Mr Barry said.
People concerned about the fire and their health should stop by one of the information points available or refer to these sources:
- www.cfa.vic.gov.au and the Victorian Bushfire Information Line 1800 247 667 (for general information)
- National Relay Service 1800 555 677 (for callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment: general situation)
- www.health.vic.gov.au (for smoke and health)
- NURSE-ON-CALL 1800 60 60 24 (for health)
- www.epa.vic.gov.au or 1300 372 842 or 1300 EPAVIC (for air quality)
- www.emergency.vic.gov.au (for fire information, warnings and advice)
For more information: CFA ICC Traralgon 5177 3286