Support for households and businesses after Coolaroo fire

Some 115 homes in the zone within Dallas that were evacuated following the fire at a recycling facility in Coolaroo last Thursday, have now been visited as part of the post-incident assessment.

Teams of Hume City Council Environmental Health Officers, Victorian Council of Churches and Department of Health and Human Services staff undertook the doorknock yesterday to check on residents’ welfare and provide information as the clean-up begins.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop, advised that the doorknock was initiated to provide direct support to local households affected by smoke and ash.

“We are relieved that the fire is under control, and appreciate the efforts of emergency crews and their focus on community safety,” Cr Jessop said.

“Council officers have worked in partnership with the other organisations to deliver packs with information, and masks and gloves for each household.

“It was also an opportunity for residents to ask questions directly, and for Council to identify residents who may have special circumstances and require additional assistance.

“We do understand that this has been a difficult time for both residents and businesses, and we are working around the clock to ensure the community is supported.”

Better Health – Cleaning up ash after fire information

If your home or business has been affected by smoke from a fire, it is possible that ash particles may still be present, even after the smoke has gone.

Houses, sheds and gardens can be affected and the ash can leave potential health hazards. If your home has been affected by smoke, make sure you take steps to clean up any ash and protect your health and safety.

When cleaning up ash or soot, make sure you:

  • Wear a dust mask, gloves, a long sleeved shirt and long pants and avoid skin contact.
  • Wash any ash off your skin as soon as possible.
  • Prevent children (in particular young children) playing near the ash until the area is cleaned up.
  • Avoid getting ash in the air as much as possible. Do not use leaf blowers or take other actions that will put ash in the air.
  • Gently sweep indoor and outdoor hard surfaces before wet mopping.
  • Use a damp cloth or wet mop on lightly dusted areas.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA-filter.
  • Seek further advice from your local council on clean-up activities.

 Translated health advice:

As of 5pm, Tuesday 18 July, the Relief Centre at the Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure has closed.

The community will still be able to access any relevant assistance through Council by contacting 9205 2200 or by visiting our Broadmeadows office during business hours - 1079 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows.

Free health information and checks are also available at Dianella – Broadmeadows GP Super Clinic. 

For further information or assistance, please contact (03) 9205 2200 or visit


Posted on 11:00 AM, 19 July 2017

Updated : 11:04 AM, 19 July 2017

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