East Gippsland and North East Victoria fires

For information visit the Tank water changes during the East Gippsland and North East Victoria fires web page

Smoke haze from the fires is being experienced across Victoria.

Smoke can affect your health, so please look after yourself. Everyone, especially those with existing heart or lung conditions, the elderly, pregnant women and young children should minimise time spent in smoky conditions if possible.

Our Recovery Team remains keenly focussed on the important task of supporting our community affected by the recent Bunyip fire and advocating for their ongoing support. We will reopen the Recovery Centre in Tonimbuk from 12pm – 2pm on Wednesday 8 January for residents who would like to come together at this time, and it will resume normal operating hours from Monday 13 January (Monday and Friday 9am-4pm and community-run dinners on Wednesdays).

For information on the Bunyip Complex bushfires recovery visit the Latest updates web page.

Donate money

The best way to help is by donating money to a registered not-for-profit or government organisation helping with the relief and recovery effort, such as:  

Please do not donate goods

At this stage, the organisations working with those affected by the fires are requesting financial support. They do not currently need donations of furniture or other hard goods as they are unable to store or sort them. Please hold onto these types of donations until those affected know what they need.

Cardinia Shire Council, as part of the broader local government response, has provided assistance including a number of staff members from its Emergency Management Team to help communities affected by the fires in East Gippsland.

We are on standby, and have offered further assistance if required.

Council and our community is deeply saddened by the current bushfire situation and its devastating impact.

Cardinia Shire Council, as part of the broader local government response, has provided assistance including a number of staff members from its Emergency Management Team to help communities affected by the fires in East Gippsland.

We are on standby, and have offered further assistance if required.

Also, our Recovery Team remains keenly focussed on the important task of supporting our community affected by the recent Bunyip fire and advocating for their ongoing support. We will reopen the Recovery Centre in Tonimbuk from 12–2pm on Wednesday 8 January for residents who would like to come together at this time, and it will resume normal operating hours from Monday 13 January.

Our sincerest thoughts are with communities affected by fire, and our thanks goes out to all emergency services and volunteers.

A number of residents have contacted us to find out how they can help the communities impacted by bushfires in East Gippsland and surrounds. At this stage the organisations working with those affected by the fires are requesting financial support.

Donations can be made to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal (www.vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal) or the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (www.gerf.org.au). For further information on donations visit the VicEmergency website (www.emergency.vic.gov.au).

We have a long summer head, and as a high fire risk community, we continue to prepare and work on our emergency preparedness.

We are well positioned to support our community. Our key role in the response phase is to support emergency responders, and then our role is to manage community support in the relief and recovery phases.

We are working with our community and agencies to be prepared, this includes  delivering more than 15 community resilience workshops, our proactive Fire Hazard Inspection Program, a comprehensive roadside slashing program, fire plans and fuel reduction zones in parks and reserves.

We remain vigilant, and continue to prepare our shire and community for the season ahead.

Please check and review your fire plan – if you need more information refer to the CFA website (www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare) or Council’s website (www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/prepareyourproperty).

Stay safe and informed,

Jeff

Councillor Jeff Springfield
Mayor, Cardinia Shire Council