Council and community support for fire-affected residents

Hume City Council is working with the Diggers Rest community which were impacted by a large fire on Saturday 4 February, as the focus shifts from an emergency response to community recovery.

Hume Mayor Councillor Drew Jessop thanked emergency services staff, volunteers, Council staff and the community for their assistance.

“The Diggers Rest grassfire could have caused much more damage if it wasn’t for the exceptional work of emergency services,” Cr Jessop said.

“During the emergency, there was a lot of work also undertaken by Council staff. This includes assistance to fire services with water tankers and opening an emergency relief centre for evacuees.

“There will be further Council support, with officers visiting affected properties and providing important information and support to landowners impacted by the fire.

“While the focus of priority has now shifted from an emergency response to a community recovery, our efforts remain the same and we continue to work with the community to lead the recovery.”

Cr Jessop said the incident highlighted the importance of fire prevention and urged land owners to ensure grass was maintained and kept to a reasonable height to prevent the spread of fire and protect the community.

“We live in a community where we enjoy the benefits of open spaces and grasslands, but the risk of another fire emergency is real and as a community, we need to work together to reduce this risk,” Cr Jessop said.

Assistance for fire-affected residents and land owners

If you or your family has been affected by fire and you need support, there are a number of options available to you.

Water Contamination

People living in a fire-affected area should check their water source for contamination.
If the water tastes, looks or smells unusual do not drink it or give it to animals. For more information, please call Council’s Public Health Unit on 9205 2200.

Personal Support

Any residents that require personal support in the first instance should contact Hume City Council on 9205 2200 or the NorthWestern Mental Health Service on 1800 874 243.

Land Management

For assistance with weed identification and management, re-vegetation, pest or animal control, or other rural land management issues as a result of the fires, please call Council’s Sustainable Environment department on 9205 2200.

Free disposal of burnt materials

Landowners seeking to dispose of burnt materials, fencing and trees can dispose of these at the Sunbury Landfill Resource Recovery Centre for free by displaying proof of residency through a rates notice or drivers licence. Address for the centre is 515 Riddell Rd, Sunbury VIC 3429.

Emergency updates

The VicEmergency mobile app provides Victorians with access to warnings and incidents for fires, floods, storms, earthquake, tsunamis and water safety. You can download VicEmergency from the App Store or Google Play.

Posted on 10:00 AM, 6 February 2017

Updated : 10:59 AM, 9 February 2017

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