Jamieson battles on in holiday season
JAMIESON CFA members attended the Jamieson fire station on Friday from 8am until 12noon, due to the extreme fire risk warning for Jamieson.
The members were able to advise residents and visitors on the probable outcome if the conditions changed.
People left Jamieson during the day and drove to Mansfield, where they felt safer.
St Mary’s Hall was a venue that was manned by volunteers, who offered coffee and tea and a friendly word of reassurance.
Most of the residents and visitors returned to Jamieson later in the evening, as the threat had subsided.
A cool change followed by rain had settled the threat of fires and was followed on Sunday with a glorious sunny day and a clear blue sky.
THERE has been an amazing sight in Jamieson for the last week; a fire engine with Caroline Springs painted on the side on duty.
The Jamieson fire engine was taken to Tallangatta, early on New Year’s Eve.
The call for assistance from Tallangatta was answered.
The Jamieson crew left early in the morning and assisted working at the front line of the out-of-control outbreak at Tallangatta.
The volunteers were bussed back to Jamieson later on New Year’s night.
A replacement was needed for Jamieson, so the Caroline Springs fire engine was seconded to duty in Jamieson.
But the terrain at Caroline Springs, a northern outer Melbourne suburb, has a less challenging environment than the mountainous hills and tracks in the Jamieson area.
On Sunday morning CFA driving instructor, Gerry Maloney and sec/treasurer of the Jamieson CFA Peter Horan, drove the visiting fire truck through the local hills on a training trial.
The hills presented no problem, the fire and tourist tracks passed reconnaissance following the sortie.
The visiting fire engine is a ‘beauty’ was the reaction of the crew.
With a very comfortable twin cabin, a great asset when on fire fighting duty, the directives can be given en route, as all crew are in the twin cabin.
THE Jamieson social committee, of the Jamieson Community Group, headed by Angie Leong, decided to hold a Bush Fire Relief fundraiser.
A good crowd of local residents and visitors attended the viewing of the movie, ‘Jamieson, a town for All Seasons’, created by local film maker, Freddie Leong, in the Jamieson Memorial Hall.
The funds are to be presented to Blaze Aid to assist farmers who need urgent repairs to their fencing and property following the horrendous bush fires in recent weeks.
A MEETING has been called in Jamieson for next Monday to reconcile small business and the effect of the bushfire threats to businesses in Jamieson and the local area.
Victorian Small Business Minister Adem Somyurek will address the small business owners in the Jamieson Memorial Hall.
Tim Arandt, proprietor of the
Jamieson Brewery, will chair the meeting.
The aim of the meeting is to familiarise the minister with the growing tourist environment and facilities, and to seek advice and remuneration for lost business with business closures during extreme fire awareness days.
Jamieson businesses are open for business, although the threat of fires has sent visitors away.
The smoke has cleared, the visitors have not returned, with cancellations and evacuations over the last weeks being the order of the day.
Jamieson is looking forward to a bumper late summer invasion.