Work­shops to help plan­ning

Alpine Observer - - News -

By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

AHEAD of what is ex­pected to be a hot and dry sum­mer, lo­cal peo­ple will have the chance to de­velop a fire plan dur­ing two CFA-run work­shops in the Alpine Shire next week.

The bush­fire plan­ning ses­sions will be held in Bright and Eurobin and will be pre­sented by CFA North East of­fi­cer Mau­reen Piera.

With the Vic­to­rian Fire Risk Reg­is­ter list­ing most of the Alpine Shire as ex­treme or very high risk for bush­fires Ms Piera said it was es­sen­tial that peo­ple liv­ing in the area had a fire plan.

“Th­ese work­shops pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about how to pre­pare your prop­erty and how es­sen­tial it is to have a plan just in case of an emer­gency,” she said.

Ms Piera said a well-thought-out fire plan can make all the dif­fer­ence.

“It’s like any­thing, if some­thing hap­pens and you don’t have a plan it can be a very stress­ful time,” she said.

“A lot of peo­ple don’t cope well with th­ese sorts of stresses and we all do silly things when we’re not think- ing ra­tio­nally, but if peo­ple have a plan you’ve got a sense of con­trol and can take a breath and say okay what do I need to do.

“It’s par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for fam­i­lies and is some­thing that the whole fam­ily needs to be in­volved in it not just mum and dad.

“The kids need to know what the plan is so that if there is an emer­gency then they can help get things or­gan­ised too.”

While reg­u­lar rain has kept road­sides and bush­land green right up un­til the start of sum­mer the Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod for Dis­trict 24 be­gan much ear­lier than usual when it was in­tro­duced on Oc­to­ber 29.

His­tor­i­cally, the Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod for the Alpine Shire and sur­round­ing ar­eas has started in mid to late No­vem­ber or in early De­cem­ber.

The bush­fire plan­ning work­shops will be held at the Bright Fire Sta­tion on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 5 at 7pm and Ovens Eurobin Fire Sta­tion on the Great Alpine Road on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7 at 6pm. HANDY CON­TRI­BU­TION: (left to right) Ali Ramia, Madi Ramia, Susette Bonacci, Alan Mitchin­son and Belinda Ramia show off the $1,000 worth of new gar­den­ing equip­ment do­nated to the Myrtle­ford Com­mu­nity Gar­dens from Alpine Shire Coun­cil as part of the Com­mu­nity Grants Pro­gram.

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