Workshops to help planning
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.