Where can I get information during a fire?
- Listen to your local emergency broadcaster for fire updates. Have a battery powered radio in case power fails
- For online information about current fires always refer directly to www.cfa.vic.gov.au
- For specific queries call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line 1800 240 667 (free call) or TTY 1800 122 969. Please note, the Victorian Bushfire Information Line will have the same information about a fire as the website
What if I am travelling through, or visiting, bushfire risk areas?
- Avoid bushfire situations, where possible. If in doubt, U-turn to safety. Fire safety information is available about travelling through, or visiting, areas that may be affected by bushfires.
- If it is a hot, dry, windy day, or it is a Total Fire Ban, plan your trip carefully. Avoid high bushfire risk areas at these times, especially if walking.
- If you see a bushfire when driving or bushwalking, turn around and go back, if possible.
- Report a new fire by telephoning Triple Zero (000) to contact the emergency services.
- Exercise caution when driving, due to possible smoke and other hazards such as fire vehicles on roads - even if even some distance away from a fire.
- Always follow the guidelines for campfire safety - don't accidentally start a bushfire.
- Hiking and camping in parks and forests - bushfire safety tips
Where can I get further information?
- Call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 (free call) If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment you can contact VBIL through National Relay Service.
- CFA's website - detailed bushfire safety information
- EPA's Bushfires and Air Quality - assessing and monitoring air quality, self-assessment and how to protect yourself
- DHS Better Health - search the website for Bushfire safety to access information from bushfire smoke and potential hazards after a bushfire, to bushfires and water tanks and air pollution.
06 Mar 2014
Clean Up Australia Day events held at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve over the weekend resulted in 4 cubic metres of rubbish being removed from the bush in and around the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Active community members of Castlemaine and Chewton spent their Sunday collecting rubbish including…
12 Mar 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
15 Mar 2014 9:00am - 16 Mar 2014 5:00pm
The Back to Steiglitz community art group will have an exhibition in St Paul's church, Steiglitz. There will be 4 artists displaying their works in a variety of mediums and styles. Historic buildings will be open to the public. The Back to Steiglitz group will provide food and drinks for…
23 Mar 2014 9:00am-3:00pm
Help create koala habitat and learn about koalas. Enjoy a day helping Koalas in the wild. Search for koalas, monitor their behaviour, remove weeds from their habitat and take records of all other wildlife seen, all in the company of a highly experienced Koala Researcher. Part of the day is…
23 Mar 2014 11:00am-3:30pm
Live.Grow.Explore. Community Day brings community together to explore their broader backyard and to learn more about sustainable lifestyle choices in one of Melbourne's most extensive landcare and reinvigoration corridors. This FREE family event and BBQ lunch showcases many sustainable education stalls. The day includes Vasili Kanidiadis of Vasilis Garden to…
Happy International Women’s Day! Photo: Ranger Deb Cross at the Gil Groggin Fir...Happy International Women’s Day! Photo: Ranger Deb Cross at the Gil Groggin Fire north of Buchan.View post | Sat, 08 Mar 2014 09.42
The Mt Zero area in Grampians National Park has re-opened in time for the long w...The Mt Zero area in Grampians National Park has re-opened in time for the long weekend to provide visitors with a walking experience in the Northern Grampians. Many areas in the park are now open after the fire in January. Full details here http://ow.ly/ukBMTView post | Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17.11
Thanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos...Thanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos this week to help inspire your next park visit. Enjoy your local parks and beyond this long weekend to help celebrate the end of Parks Week.Friends Parks Week photosThanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos this week to help inspire your next park visit. Enjoy your local parks and beyond this long weekend to help celebrate the end of Parks Week.View post | Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13.45
Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See...Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See Me. He is from the Karen people of Burma and lived for 15 years in a refugee camp before coming to Australia. See Me is being sponsored by Matchworks and will be working with us for the next 11 months while he completes a Certificate Three in Horticulture. We’re celebrating the many park connections with Victoria’s rich multicultural community during Parks Week. http://ow.ly/ui2jQView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16.14
Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last week...Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last weekend resulted in 4 cubic metres of rubbish being removed from the bush in and around Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers for their efforts on the day. http://ow.ly/uhMnvView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11.43