Make informed decisions when travelling in bushfire areas of Victoria 

February 11, 2009
Make informed decisions when travelling in bushfire areas of Victoria


The following is from Tourism Victoria www.tourism.vic.gov.au for the benefit of people travelling to Victoria.

Victorian Caravan Parks may wish to make this information available to guests who are heading their way.

Useful bushfire informed websites are : www.dse.vic.gov.au www.cfa.vic.gov.au www.redcross.org.au www.vicroads.vic.gov.au For injured wildlife - www.wildlifevictoria.org.au

The message is as follows: In regards to travelling within Victoria Victorian Tourism Commission encourages all visitors to make informed decisions and to check the following websites and call centres for the latest bushfire updates:

If travelling, listen to ABC Local Radio or community radio stations.

ABC Local Radio Frequencies: Alexandra 102.9 FM Apollo Bay 89.5 FM Ballarat 107.9

FM Bendigo 91.1 FM Bright 89.7 FM Cann River 106.1 FM Corryong 99.7 FM Eildon 97.3

FM Flowerdale/Hazeldene 97.3 FM Goulburn Valley 99.7 FM Horsham 549 AM Latrobe

Valley 100.7 FM Mallacoota 104.9 FM Mansfield 103.7 FM Melbourne 774 AM

Mildura/Sunraysia 104.3 FM Murray Valley 102.1 FM Myrtleford 91.7 FM Omeo 720 AM

Orbost 97.1 FM Portland 96.9 FM Sale 828 AM Shepparton 97.7 FM Upper Murray,

Wodonga 106.5 FM Warrnambool 1602 AM Western Victoria 94.1 FM

The Victorian bushfires have impacted on a number of businesses listed On GoSee.
In the short term those businesses that Tourism Victoria knows have been affected by the fires (for example in Marysville) will have their listings updated with the following text:

Please note: This tourism business has been seriously affected by the Victorian bushfires and is not in operation. It would be appreciated if you do not attempt to contact the business at this time.

For information on advanced bookings or cancellations, please contact Yarra Valley and The Dandenongs Marketing on +613 5962 5996 or
info@yrrml.com.au for assistance.

Tourism Victoria

For the latest bushfire information:

Check the CFA www.cfa.vic.gov.au and DSE www.dse.vic.gov.au
websites or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

Please use these services thoughtfully CFA, DSE and Red Cross websites are particularly loaded.

Road closures: For road closures check the Vic Roads website www.vicroads.vic.gov.au or call 13 11 70.

Park closures
For park closures, check the Parks Victoria website www.parkweb.vic.gov.au or call the Parks Victoria Information Line on 13 19 63.

Updates on family and friends
If you are concerned about family or friends, call the National Registry and Inquiry Service 1800 727 077.

Transport
For updates on regional rail and bus transport visit V/Line www.vline.com.au
and for suburban train updates visit Connex www.connexmelbourne.com.au

Friday March 5 8.30am - Road users are advised to take extra care as travel may be hazardous due to slippery roads that have had considerable firefighting traffic.

The extreme heat over recent weeks and the high winds may have resulted in a high number of falling trees and debris on the roads overtaken by fire.

Visitors are advised to stay away from the fire area this weekend.

Tourists are advised to avoid the following areas: People are asked to avoid all forest areas, and in particular the Mt Cole, Creswick and Wombat state forests. Some forest roads in the fire area are closed.
Information on road closures is available on the VicRoads website at
www.vicroads.vic.gov.au


Full details of closures are available on the Parks Victoria website www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

Burnt trees are a hazard and will continue to fall (often without warning) for months.

Some forest roads in the fire area are closed.
Information on road closures is available on the VicRoads website at
www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Road reduced speed limits currently in place (More Info at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au ):

People planning sight-seeing trips to fire-affected areas are reminded to stay away due to potential hazards which are a danger to the public.

In the event of essential travel, please plan ahead. Be familiar with all of the current warnings.

For information on road closures please visit the VicRoads web site at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au or on 131 171
For any health related issues or advice, please visit the Department of Human
Services website www.dhs.vic.gov.au/emergency/current-events/bushfire
Listen to ABC and local radio for fire updates and be aware of local conditionsCheck the DSE and CFA websites

For information on fires in Victoria and general fire safety advice, please contact
the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667.

Callers
who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech / communication impairment may call textphone/ telewriter (TTY) on 1800 122 969. Information is also available at www.dse.vic.gov.au/fires or www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Information about fire restrictions, fire bans and fires on private land can be
found at www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Wilsons Promontory National Park, the park will remain closed until further notice.

Road closures currently in place:

Information on updated road closures is available on the VicRoads website
www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Other information: The Shire of Yarra Ranges had advised Healesville Memorial Hall is not a donation collection centre, for further details please visit www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au

There is a bushfire appeal line set up and donations can be made to RED CROSS on 1800 811 700. or www.redcross.org.au

Red Cross resources are stretched to the limit to handle phone calls and their website is struggling to cope with the load too. Be patient or make a donation through your bank.

The Victorian Government has started with a $2m donation and the Federal Government pledged $10m towards the rebuild.

Money is pouring into the Victorian Bushfire Fund set up to provide vital support to people affected by the devastating fires that have ravaged much of Victoria over the past few days.

Red Cross say the fund had received more than $200 million from website and phone donations, with governments including the Victorian Government and Federal Government and corporates pledging additional sums. Donations continue to flow in. The Salvation Army has raised $12m.

An independent panel made up of community leaders will oversee the appeal Fund's operation. Criteria for assistance will include the extent of the hardship covered and the extent to which a person's livelihood has been impacted.

Donations can be made using the Red Cross secure online donations form or by phoning 1800 811 700.

Australian Red Cross Chief Executive Officer Robert Tickner said the response from Australians had been overwhelming with the fund continuing to grow at a rapid pace, but the needs of those affected are massive.

'The response so far has been incredible,' Mr Tickner said. 'We have been inundated with people wanting to contribute in some way and in just under 24 hours, we have received pledges from nearly 40,000 people from across Australia,' he saidas the appeal opened.

Donations to the Victorian Bushfire Fund will directly assist individuals, businesses and communities affected by the fires.

GoSee is sure all Australians will help and contribute to those who desperately need help and have lost all.