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Orbost Newsletter update 28/2/14

By: Martha Johnson

Category: Community Safety

  12.04 PM 28 February, 2014

Location: District 10 News, District 11 News

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Community Information Newsletter #20

Far East Gippsland Fires

28 February 2014

Fire activity has moderated since Tuesday under cooler conditions. There are no current threats to communities.

A small fire was started by a lightning strike at Cape Conran on Wednesday the 26th of February & was quickly contained. Yesterday Crews worked on blacking out this fire which burnt through 2 hectares.

Resources currently deployed to fires include 313 crew, 95 slip-on units, 2 tankers, 48 plant (machinery) and 5 aircraft

SP AUSNET 13 17 99
SP Ausnet has planned power outages for Sunday the 2
nd of March for a couple of hours. Planned power outages will occur at: South of Bonang in the Goongerah Valley. SP Ausnet working on hazardous tree removal.

West of Bonang in the Deddick Valley, Dellicknora, Tubbut, Cabanandra areas. SP Ausnet working on replacing a burnt power pole.


Bonang – Sunday 2nd March, 12.30pm at the Bonang Hall (includes a barbecue for local residents).


·         Errinundra National Park

·         Lind National Park

·         Snowy River National Park

·         Alpine National Park below Willis to McKillops.


All roads in these parks are closed until further notice.  13 19 63

·         Beware of hazardous trees.

·         For symptoms of 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.

·         Beware of stock trucks.

·         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.



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 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 either or



Police/Fire/Ambulance         000


Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) 1800 240 667  VBIL via the National Relay Service 1800 555 677  Callers with hearing or speech impairment can call the VBIL via the National Relay Service

Department of Environment and Primary Industries 13 61 86

Country Fire Authority


The Bonang Road from Orbost to Goongerah remains closed. There is no access north of Orbost.

The Bonang Road from Bonang to Goongerah remains open to local residents only, with proof of residency  being required at the traffic management point established at Rising Sun Road, Bonang.

The Yalmy and Pinnak Roads are also closed. VicRoads are working to have the Bonang Highway open to residents as soon as possible. Works are currently being undertaken to replace guard rails, guide posts and access will be at a reduced speed.  Refer to VicRoads for road closures and updates.

VicRoads 13 11 70


Emergency Relief and Recovery Victoria 1300 799 232

East Gippsland Shire Recovery Line 1800 100 298

- For assistance with fencing and water related issues.

- For referal to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.


Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Orbost 5161 1222

- For assistance repairing damaged fences bordering public land.

- For assistance rehabilating control lines constructed by fire agencies.

Victorian Farmers Federation 1300 882 833

- For assistance sourcing fodder.



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.

Lifeline 13 11 14

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

Mensline Australia 1300 789 978

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

Parentline 13 22 89

Nurse-on-call 1300 60 60 24

Orbost Incident Control Centre (Public Information) 5161 1320

Last Updated: 28 February 2014