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Tourism gets prepared for fire
Tourism Victoria and Victoria’s fire services have been working together to assist tourism businesses in high risk bushfire areas become better prepared for bushfires.
The Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley spoke to businesses in Lorne on 28 November, and CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson and Parks Victoria’s Graham Parkes spoke to businesses in Halls Gap on 10 December.
Businesses had the opportunity to discuss how emergency services and tourism businesses could better work together to respond effectively to bushfires in their region. They also learnt about their local fire risk, the warnings system, and what resources and support are available to help them plan for bushfires and communicate with guests.
Businesses received copies of the new Tourism Business Fire Ready Kit as well as fridge magnets, brochures, key tags and other resources can be used to educate guests about bushfire safety.
The forums were run in partnership with the Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Board and Grampians Tourism.
Bushfire planning workshops for tourism businesses were also held in Halls Gap and Heathcote.
Further information for tourism businesses on bushfire planning is available at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/tourism.