Current Fire Information
For current fire information and advice visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au
For air quality and monitoring information visit www.epa.vic.gov.au or call 1300 372 842
For health and medical advice visit www.health.vic.gov.au or call Nurse on call 1800 60 60 24
For relocation and financial assistance call the Department of Human Services 1800 006 468
For information on Latrobe City fire affected services visit www.facebook.com/LatrobeCity
Latrobe City Council officers are currently door knocking homes in Morwell, beginning in the south of the town and then the north-west and the east.
Information gathered during the door knock will be used to provide immediate support and assistance and help to inform recovery planning.
Small Business Grants
Application forms and guidelines for Morwell Small Business Grants that have been affected by the Hazelwood fire are now available. Please visit www.vecci.org.au/policy-and-advocacy/Morwell-fire for more information.
Bushfire news sheet
FREE Home Phone Diversion to Mobiles
Telstra is offering a relief package for Telstra customers relocating from Morwell. They will provide free home phone diversion to mobiles for the duration of their relocation. Details of this service are available from the Community Information and Recovery Centre at 22 Hazelwood Road, Morwell.
Take a break from the smoke
If you would like to take a break from the Valley, even if just for a day, click here to view the generous transport, event and accomodation offers that are currently available to help you.
Council has received 25,000 P2 face masks and has distributed them to the following locations:
- Community information and Recovery Centre, 22 Hazelwood Road
- St Vincent de Paul
- Latrobe City Headquarters
- Morwell Library
- Morwell Leisure Centre
- Morwell Neighbourhood House
- Bendigo Bank
- Morwell Bowling Club and other retail outlets.
- Moe Service Centre
- Respite Centre at the Moe Town Hall
Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund has launched an appeal to support people affected by the fires that are continuing to affect communities across parts of Gippsland.
The last few weeks of hot, dry weather have resulted in a situation familiar to Gippslanders.
Fortunately, there has been no loss of life but many people have been affected with loss of property, farms, homes, livestock, shedding and fencing. People have been affected in Baw Baw, Latrobe and Wellington communities, while East Gippslanders are still in the midst of a bushfire that has not yet been controlled.
President, John Mitchell, urged individuals and organisations to donate generously to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.
“GERF focuses on helping to meet people’s immediate needs for food, clothing, utensils, furniture, bedding and fencing, rather than capital items which may be covered by insurance or government aid. We have already provided funds to people affected by the Westbury fire and, today, have made payments to severely affected people in East Gippsland and Wellington Shires. We are anticipated many more requests for assistance over the next few days and weeks. ” Mr Mitchell said in launching the 2014 Gippsland Fires Appeal.
The Fund provides relief and assistance to people living in the Gippsland municipalities of Bass Coast, South Gippsland, Latrobe, Baw Baw, Wellington and East Gippsland who suffer injury, loss or damage from natural disasters.
“We are driven to provide rapid support to our fellow Gippslanders in their times of need,” Mr Mitchell said, “I call on all Gippslanders and the wider community to help, either by making a direct cash donation or running a fundraising event.”
The Fund is a registered charitable organisation (registered number A0020241A) making all donations tax deductible. All donations are returned to the community and no costs are deducted for administration. Donations to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund can be made in three ways:
- At any branch of the National Australia Bank, BSB: 083 932, Account Number: 04829 9080
- Via post to Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund, PO Box 508, TRARALGON, VIC, AUSTRALIA, 3844
- Via PayPal by following the link on the GERF website at www.relieffund.org.au
For further information about the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund or to discuss running a fundraising event in support of the fire appeal, contact –
- Postal Address: PO Box 508, TRARALGON 3844
- Website: www.relieffund.org.au
- Deputy President: 0488 018 425
- Secretary: 0488 018 426 Duty Officer: 0488 018 417
- Requests for assistance from GERF are managed via Municipal Emergency Recovery Officers. Impacted property owners should contact their local government authority.
Affected Council contact numbers are listed below.
- East Gippsland Shire Council: (03) 5153 9500
- Wellington Shire Council: 1300 137 218 (Recovery Office line)
- Latrobe City Council: 1300 367 700
- Baw Baw Shire Council: 03 5624 2411
Large sections of Latrobe City are classed as bushfire prone areas. Latrobe City has a Municipal Fire Prevention Plan to deal with just such an emergency.
When a bushfire happens in Latrobe City the Municipal Emergency Control Centre (MECC) is set up. If you live in a bushfire prone area make sure you have a fire plan. Read the Municipal Fire Prevention Plan Municipal Fire Prevention Plan (PDF, 5MB)to keep up to date.
For your own safety keep up to date with the latest bushfire information.
Official emergency broadcasters and providing updates and information:
- ABC radio (100.7 FM and 828 AM)
- TR-FM (99.5 FM)
- Gold 1242 (1242 AM)
For information on current fires in Gippsland and other parts of Victoria please contact the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667 or visit the following websites:
For information on road closures visit:
Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech / communication impairment may call the Victorian Bushfire Information Hotline through the National Relay Service using a modem or textphone/teletypewriter (TTY) by dialling 1800 555 677 then asking for 1800 240 667.