Bass Coast,

Stay informed and be fire ready

Bass Coast Shire Council, South Gippsland Shire Council and the Country Fire Authority (CFA) are inviting all non-resident property owners to a Fire Ready Victoria bushfire information session in metropolitan Melbourne.

The session will be held on Tuesday, 24 November at 7.00pm in the Waratah Room at the Whitehorse Centre, 379-397 Whitehorse Road in Nunawading.

The session will provide information on how and where bush, grass or scrub fires are likely to start and spread, the essential decisions you and your family need to make, and how to stay informed should a fire start and threaten.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the session was being held especially with holiday home owners and non-resident ratepayers in mind.

“This information session is being held in Nunawading as we recognise non-resident property owners may find it difficult to attend a similar meeting in Bass Coast or South Gippsland, and we want them to be prepared for the coming fire season,” Cr Brown said.

“Making informed decisions now is vital to your safety during a fire this summer and now is the best time to understand your fire risk and get prepared, not when a fire starts.”

Fires can start and spread very quickly in some conditions, threatening homes and lives within minutes.

It is important all property owners are aware of local fire risks; and do not presume you will receive a warning or a knock on the door from emergency services in the event of a fire.

Before summer, residents should at the very least have considered and discussed when they and their family will leave, where you will go, what you will take, who to tell where you’re going and if you need to check on anyone.

“It’s up to you to decide where to go on a high risk day,” Cr Brown said.

“Leaving early is the safest option for anyone in a high fire risk area. Don’t wait and see!”

Taking steps to get prepared before a fire starts means it will be easier to act when you are under pressure.

The bushfire information session will help you to understand the information available to help you in your bushfire survival planning, including:

  • Know which fire weather district you live in or are visiting. Bass Coast is in the Central weather district, while South Gippsland is in the West and South Gippsland weather district.

  • Make sure you know where to check Fire Danger Ratings. Over summer, you'll need to check the ratings daily to understand your fire risk. Remember that as ratings increase, so does your risk of fire.

  • Learn where to go for access to timely, relevant and tailored bushfire warnings and information in Victoria. It’s important to have access to more than one information source including for people to observe their environment and monitor the local conditions for any signs of smoke or fire.

Come along and find out more about what you can do to be Fire Ready this year. For more information contact Bass Coast Shire Council’s Emergency Management Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or South Gippsland Shire Council’s emergency management team on (03) 5662 9200.